Alifa Bandali


Cultural Studies, English and Cultural Studies
Other Titles: Cultural Studies
Office: CCS 381
Phone: 250.807.8149

Research Summary

Decolonial feminist theory; affective and emotional labour; women, work and care in Southeast Asia; and institutional and creative activism.

Courses & Teaching

CULT 100, Media and Popular Culture in Global Context;
CULT 101, Cultural Studies Practices;
CULT 320, Creative Activism: Art, Media and Social Justice;


Alifa Bandali is an instructor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, B.C. Dr. Bandali’s research focuses on feminist activism both in institutional and creative spaces. Her PhD thesis titled: Paid to care: Women’s experiences in non-profit/NGO work in Malaysia examined how women working in the non-profit/NGO sector saw themselves in their work and the meaningfulness of ‘good work’.



Ph.D. Department of Gender & Cultural Studies. University of Sydney. 2017, M.A. Asian Research Institute. University of British Columbia. 2011, B.A. with distinction. Department of Pacific and Asian Studies. University of Victoria. 2008.

Research Interests & Projects

Alifa Bandali. “Hijacked!” Cold Cuts. 21-22 April 2018.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Alifa Bandali. “Meaghan Morris: A Student’s Perspective.” Cultural Studies Review 24.1 (2018): 71-73.
Alifa Bandali. “Blurring boundaries in women’s organizations in Malaysia: When the personal becomes the professional.” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 23.1 (2017): 110-120.
Vicki Crinis and Alifa Bandali. “Malaysia: Balancing Paid and Unpaid Work,” in Women, Work and Care in the Asia-Pacific, eds. Marian Baird, Michele Ford and Elizabeth Hill (London: Routledge, 2017). 41-54.
Alifa Bandali. “A Politics of Skin: Using Art as Intervention.” Peril. 23 September 2018.
Alifa Bandali. “Artist Profile: Cigdem Aydemir.” RUNWAY. 19 October 2017.

Selected Grants & Awards

Teaching Fellow. University of Sydney. 2017.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

CSAA (Cultural Studies Association of Australia)
IACS (Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society)
SSEAC (The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre)



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