Doctor Selda Dagistanli

Doctor Selda Dagistanli

Senior Lecturer,
Criminology & Policing


With a continued commitment to her background in philosophy, Selda Dagistanli researches in a range of inter-disciplinary areas relating to "cultures of abuse" and the racialisation of gendered violence, multicultural politics and (anti-Muslim) racism, and cultural diversity and the law through a critical analysis of legal and political discourses. Her overarching research priority is an exploration of the various ways in which unpopular minorities are morally, politically and culturally marginalised in legal, institutional, and broader community arenas. Selda has a particular research interest in the intersections of disadvantage experienced through race and gender. She was recently a CI on an ARC Discovery Project exploring 'Sharia in everyday life in Sydney and New York’ with Professors Possamai, Turner and Voyce. Selda is completing a monograph with Routledge titled, Trialling Culture, Protecting Women: Racialising Sexual Violence in Legal and Political Discourses. Her most recent research explores gender equity and violence (including symbolic violence) against women in the Australian Defence Force.  

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney


  • Racialised Gender Violence
  • Cultures of abuse
  • Racism and multiculturalism

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Criminology & Policing


Phone: (02) 9772 6221
Location: 3.6.10

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102036 Prisons, Punishment and Criminal Justice, 2017


Chapters in Books

  • Dagistanli, S. and Poynting, S. (2017), 'Terrorism and anti-terrorism laws', The Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice, Springer 9783319557465.
  • Dagistanli, S. (2017), 'Justice', The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, John Wiley & Sons 9781118430866.
  • Dagistanli, S. (2017), 'Feminist legal theory', The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell 9781118430866.
  • Dagistanli, S. (2017), 'Legal formalism', The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell 9781118430866.
  • Huppatz, K. and Dagistanli, S. (2017), 'Gender roles', The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell 9781118430866.
  • Voyce, M., Dagistanli, S., Possamai, A., Roose, J., Turner, B. and Worthington, L. (2016), 'Islamic inheritance and Sharia wills : the recognition of Muslim inheritance traditions in Australia', Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia, Lexington Books 9781498543538.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B., Roose, J., Dagistanli, S. and Voyce, M. (2015), 'Perception of Shari'a in Sydney and New York newspapers', The Sociology of Shari'a: Case Studies from Around the World, Springer 9783319096049.
  • Dagistanli, S. (2014), ''Attacks on civil society' : looking back at the Sydney gang rapes', Education Integration Challenges: The Case of Australia Muslims, David Lovell 9781863551496.
  • Dagistanli, S. and Grewal, K. (2012), 'Perverse Muslim masculinities in contemporary orientalist discourse : the vagaries of Muslim immigration in the West', Global Islamophobia : Muslims and Moral Panic in the West, Ashgate 9781409431190.
  • Dagistanli, S. (2007), ''Like a Pack of Wild Animals': Moral Panics Arounf 'Ethnic' Gang Rape in Sydney', Outrageous! Moral Panics in Australia, ACYS Publishing 9781875326596.
  • Dagistanli, S. and Lumby, C. (2003), 'Anita: Beyond Good and Evil', Anita and Beyond, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest 1875143327.

Journal Articles

  • Possamai, A., Dagistanli, S., Turner, B. and Voyce, M. (2019), 'Shari'a in Sydney and New York : a perspective from professionals and leaders dealing with Islamic law', Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, vol 30, no 1 , pp 69 - 85.
  • Dagistanli, S., Possamai, A., Turner, B., Voyce, M. and Roose, J. (2018), 'The limits of multiculturalism in Australia? : the Shari'a flogging case of R v. Raad, Fayed, Cifci and Coskun', The Sociological Review, vol 66, no 6 , pp 1258 - 1275.
  • Possamai, A., Dagistanli, S. and Voyce, M. (2017), 'Shari'a in everyday life in Sydney : an analysis of professionals and leaders dealing with Islamic Law', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, vol 30, no 2 , pp 109 - 128.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B., Cheng, J., Voyce, M. and Dagistanli, S. (2016), 'Shari'a and everyday life in Sydney', Australian Geographer, vol 47, no 3 , pp 341 - 354.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B., Roose, J., Dagistanli, S. and Voyce, M. (2016), 'Shari'a in cyberspace : a case study from Australia', Sociologica: Italian Journal of Sociology, vol 2016, no 1 , pp 1 - 22.
  • Salter, M. and Dagistanli, S. (2015), 'Cultures of abuse : 'sex grooming', organised abuse and race in Rochdale, UK', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol 4, no 2 , pp 50 - 64.
  • Dagistanli, S. (2015), 'In defence of culture? : racialised sexual violence and agency in legal and judicial narratives', International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, vol 4, no 3 , pp 57 - 72.
  • Possamai, A., Turner, B., Roose, J., Dagistanli, S. and Voyce, M. (2013), 'Defining the conversation about Shari'a : representations in Australian newspapers', Current Sociology, vol 61, no 5-6 , pp 626 - 645.
  • Dagistanli, S. and Milivojevic, S. (2013), 'Appropriating the rights of women : moral panics, victims and exclusionary agendas in domestic and cross-borders sex crimes', Women's Studies International Forum, vol 40 , pp 230 - 242.
  • Morgan, G., Dagistanli, S. and Martin, G. (2010), 'Global fears, local anxiety : policing, counterterrorism and moral panic over 'bikie gang wars' in New South Wales', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol 43, no 3 , pp 580 - 599.

Conference Papers

  • Dagistanli, S. (2005), 'If the judiciary were real people...': the impact of moral panic on the sentencing of 'Arab gang rapists'', CEASS Conference: Scholarship and Community UWS 2005, University of Western Sydney, Bankstown.
  • Dagistanli, S. (2005), 'Consent, the 'lascivious Arab' and Standards of Reasonableness in Legal and Official Discourses', Racisms in the New World Order Conference: Realities of Colour, Culture and Identity, QLD.

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Understandings and Responses to Domestic Violence in the African Great Lakes Communities of Western Sydney', Report

Gendered and racialised violence 

Liberal multiculturalism, racism and the politics of exclusion

Feminist and critical race theory critiques of law

Cultural defences in criminal law

This information has been contributed by Doctor Dagistanli.

Current Projects

Title: Positive Peace and Cultural Wellbeing and Agency Initiative: Exploring peaceful solutions to living well in diverse communities [COMPACT]
  • Multicultural NSW
Western Researchers: Kerry Robinson, Sarah De Nardi, Lucy Nicholas, Karin Louise, Nichole Georgeou, Selda Dagistanli, Kevin Dunn, Rachel Sharples, Cristina Rocha, Oznur Sahin and Erika Smith
Years: 2021-02-02 - 2024-06-30
ID: P00026883

Previous Projects

Title: Academic sexual misconduct: Policy, practice, prevention
  • Full Stop Australia
Western Researchers: Suzanne Egan and Selda Dagistanli
Years: 2023-05-01 - 2023-12-15
ID: P00028639
Title: Testing the limits of post-secularism and multiculturalism in Australia, France and the USA: Shari'a in the everyday life of Muslim communities
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Adam Possamai and Selda Dagistanli
Years: 2012-07-01 - 2016-02-29
ID: P00020137


Doctor Dagistanli is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Islamic Family Separation in the Australian Legal System
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Poetic Justice: Survivor missions as a meaningful and restorative response to victimisation.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: New Media and Young People: Responses to `Responsibilisation?
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Gendered Resiliance Amongst Australian Muslim Women: Racism and In(Visibility).
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Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Under-utilising Youth Diversion: Exploring Criminal Justice Perspectives
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Online Abuse of Australian: The Dark Underbelly of Social Media
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society

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