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Manami GOTO PhD


Manami Goto is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and an honorary research fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. Her main areas of interest are dress, material culture, oral history, and the rituals of women in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. 

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Manami obtained her PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter in 2019 with a doctoral studentship from the Centre for Gulf Studies and MA in Gulf Studies from Qatar University in 2015. Before and during her postgraduate studies, Manami also completed Arabic language courses at Kuwait University (2011-2012) and Qatar University (2012-2013), and Persian language courses at the University of Tehran (2015 and 2016).

Current Research

Manami is currently researching the dress politics of the Gulf Arab states, analysing how migrant Iranian women have utilised different types of dress to express their sense of belonging, integrate into society, and reject certain social norms imposed on them.

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