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Shehnaz is a writer, curator, critic and cultural theorist whose main research themes are the politics of the body.

Previously, Shehnaz was a journalist at Newsweek International and then an editor at The Economist; she is still a contributor to The Economist's culture blog, Prospero. Shehnaz's most recent publication is 'Smart-ening up the hijab: the materiality of contemporary British Muslim veiling in the physical and the digital' (The Routledge International Handbook to Veils and Veiling, Routledge 2017). She presents internationally at conferences and symposia, and at a wide range of institutions beyond the academy including, for example, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Currently, Shehnaz is working on a new book experimenting with polyvocality as decolonal feminist writing. The book explores ideas of embodied narrative.