Sara Borrillo is currently a lecturer at Roma Tre University where she teaches Islamic Law. She is also a postdoctoral researcher at the International University of Rabat. In 2014 she obtained her PhD at the University of Naples L’Orientale where she was then a postdoctoral researcher (2015-2019). Between 2016 and 2018 she was a lecturer at the University of Macerata, where she taught History of Islamic Countries.

She was an associate researcher at the Centre Jacques Berque pour les Sciences Humaines et Sociales (CNRS) in Rabat (2012-2014) and a visiting researcher at the IRMC (Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain) in Tunis (2016). Her research interests focus on the history of women’s movements, gender politics and Islam, secular and Islamic feminisms, new female religious authorities, contemporary Islamic thought, artivism and socio-political transformations after the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Research Project

Artivism, Gender and the Reconfiguration of Activism in the Public Space in Morocco and Tunisia after the 2010-2011 Uprisings

This project aims to explore the impact on the reconfiguration of gender relations, visibilities and rights in the public space of new forms of activism involving creative practices for a new egalitarian citizenship in North Africa, after the 2010-2011 uprisings. In particular, the research aims to detect and reflect on the dynamics and revolutionary potential of "artivism" (activism through art) produced in the social and political engagement of Moroccan and Tunisian activists critical of intersecting forms of inequality and injustice. In a context of disenchantment and exclusion experienced after the repression that followed the revolutionary moment, this project aims to observe how and why reconfigurations of modes of contestation are realized through the production of a new "aesthetic citizenship", which consists of reinvented "acts of citizenship", where dissent is displayed in the form of fictitious performances that burst into the space of the city.