Abdoolkarim Vakil studied his BA in History and Economics at York University before becoming a Lecturer in Portuguese Studies, University of Leeds. From there he went on to become a Lecturer in Contemporary Portuguese History, and Head of Department in the Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies at King’s College London. Abdoolkarim has recently also become a Lecturer in the Department of History at King’s College London.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Nineteenth and twentieth Century Portuguese Intellectual and Cultural History
- Nationalism, Identity politics, colonialism, postcolonialism
- Islam, Muslims, Muslim politics
Historiography, Historical Representations, Heritage policies and politics;Oliveira Martins and the history of nineteenth century social science;
Nationalist discourses, politics and cultural movements; traditionalism, Integralismo Lusitano Portuguese colonial policy and governance of Muslim communities; contemporary Muslim communities in Portugal and Europe; Islamophobia.
Mr Abdoolkarim Vakil would particularly welcome applications from research students interested in working on topics relating to:
- Nineteenth and twentieth century Portuguese History, Politics, Culture and Society
- Portuguese Intellectual History, Historiography and Cultural politics
- History of Islam and Muslim communities in Europe and the Lusophone world
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Mr Abdoolkarim Vakil is a former Honorary Associate Director of the Institute of Romance Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London and is a joint Editor of the journal Portuguese Studies.