Scholars to discuss “Arab/Arab American Women Negotiating Agency and Desire” March 5

February 22, 2007

DEARBORN / Feb. 22, 2007---Leading scholars on Arab American women’s issues will come together for a roundtable discussion on “Arab/Arab American Women Negotiating Agency and Desire: Intersections of Race, Nation, Religion and Gender” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 5 in Kochoff Hall at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The event is free and open to the public.

UM-Dearborn Prof. Moulouk Berry, interim director of the campus’s Center for Arab American Studies, will engage in discussion with Evelyn Alsultany, assistant professor in U-M Ann Arbor’s Program in American Culture; Frances Hasso, associate professor of gender and women’s studies and sociology at Oberlin College; and Nadine Naber, assistant professor of Arab American studies, American culture and women’s studies at U-M Ann Arbor. Suzanne Bergeron, director of UM-Dearborn’s Women's and Gender Studies Program, will moderate the discussion.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Arab American Studies and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Berry, who has been a member of the UM-Dearborn faculty since 2002, is director of the campus’s program in Arabic language and culture and launched a very popular writers’ series featuring presentations by Arab, Arab American and Chaldean authors, including poets, short-story writers and essayists.

Alsultany is currently working on a book tentatively titled, The Changing Profile of Race in the United States: Representing Arab and Muslim Americans in the U.S. Mainstream Media. She also has been invited to curate an exhibit on Orientalism at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.

Hasso is the author of Resistance, Repression and Gender Politics in Occupied Palestine and Jordan. She has published articles in the International Journal of Middle East Studies; American Journal of Sociology; Gender & Society; Feminist Review and Feminist Studies. She is currently working on a project titled "Economies of Governance and Desire in/across the United Arab Emirates and Egypt."

Naber, who is writing a book about race, gender and cultural identity among Arab American youth in San Francisco, is studying ways that class, gender, sexuality and religion have intersected within Arab American engagements with anti-Arab racism following Sept. 11. She is co-editer of “Gender, Nation and Belonging,” a special issue of the MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies on Arab American feminisms and "From Invisible Citizen to Visible Subject: Arab American Engagements with Race Before and After Sept. 11."

For more information, contact Berry at 313-593-5429 or Bergeron at 313-593-4591.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.


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