Gender, Art, and Social Movements in the Middle East and Global South

Gender, Art, and Social Movements in the Middle East and Global South

A conference followed by a reception in honor of Professor Sondra Hale, UCLA

Friday, October 28, 2011
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
California Room, Faculty Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Conference Participants:

  • Rogaia AbuSharaf, Georgetown University
  • Azza Basarudin, Harvard Divinity University
  • Janice Boddy, University of Toronto
  • Esha De, UCLA
  • Lara Deeb, Scripps College
  • Sherna Berger Gluck, CSULB
  • Ellen Gruenbaum, Purdue University
  • Amal Fadlalla, University of Michigan
  • Sherine Hafez, UC Riverside
  • Grace Hong, UCLA
  • Suad Joseph, UC Davis
  • Sharmila Lodhia, Santa Clara University
  • Bayard Lyons, Independent Scholar
  • Shahrzad Mojab, University of Toronto
  • Nadine Naber, University of Michigan
  • Khanum Shaikh, UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Susan Slyomovics, UCLA

UCLA Graduate Student Roundtable:

  • Dalal Alfares
  • Kristina Benson
  • Tina Beyene
  • Naazneen Diwan
  • Naveen Minai
  • Esha Momeni
  • Rana Sharif
  • Gina Singh
  • Sabah Uddin


Conference Program

9:00-9:35 AM – Registration and Film: The Dislocation of Amber

9:35-9:50 AM – Opening Remarks by Co-organizers
Susan Slyomovics, Director, Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA; Sherine Hafez, Women’s Studies, UC Riverside; and Carole Browner, Chair, Anthropology, UCLA

9:50-10:00 AM – Video Presentation: Talking Prison, Creating Art, and Making Justice
Based on Women Political Prisoners from the Middle East Project, dedicated to Sondra Hale
By Shahrzad Mojab, University of Toronto

10:00-11:40 AM – Panel I: Sudan Studies
Chair: Ellen Gruenbaum, Chair, Anthropology, Purdue University
•    Janice Boddy, University of Toronto
Of Marriage and the Market in Selima, S. Khartoum
•    Amal Fadlalla, University of Michigan
State of Vulnerability and Humanitarian Visibility on the Verge of Sudan’s Secession:
Lubna’s Pants and the and the Transnational Politics of Rights and Dissent

•    Susan Slyomovics, UCLA
Art and Dialectics”: Sondra Hale and the Anthropology of Sudanese Art
•    Rogaia Abusharaf, Georgetown University
The Lessons of Sondra Hale

11:40 AM-1:10 PM – Lunch Break

1:10-2:40 PM – Panel II: Feminist Research in the Middle East
Chair: Sherna Berger Gluck, Professor Emerita, CSU Long Beach
•    Lara Deeb, Scripps College
Representational Paralysis: Researching Temporary Marriage in Lebanon
•    Suad Joseph, UC Davis
All in the Family: Familiar Gender Syndromes in the ME/NA Region
•    Sherine Hafez, UC Riverside
Now What? Women’s Citizenship After the Egyptian Uprising:
Navigating the Twists and Turns of An Ongoing Revolution

•    Nadine Naber, University of Michigan
Transnational Feminist Critique: Scholar-Activism and Ethnographic Accountability

2:40-2:50 PM – Break

2:50-4:30 PM – Panel III: Transnational Gender Studies
Chair: Esha De, Departments of Women’s Studies and Writing Programs, UCLA
•    Bayard Lyons, Independent Scholar
Engaging Youth to the Exclusion of Young Women:
Exploring Youth Media Moments in Turkish Cypriot Television and Sierra Leonean Hip Hop

•    Khanum Shaikh, UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow
Religious Femininities, National Sovereignty, & the Global War on Terror:
 Pakistan’s Lal Masjid Movement

•    Sharmila Lodhia, Santa Clara University
“Stop Importing Weapons of Family Destruction!” Perceptions of Radical Feminism and Disobedient Daughters in the Men’s Rights Movement in India
•    Azza Basarudin, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Divinity School
“A good wife is a good sex worker to her husband. What is wrong with being a whore in bed to your husband?”: Reconfiguring Marriage, Family and Morality in Malaysia

4:30-4:45 PM – Break

4:45-5:45 PM – Roundtable: Gender Dynamics – UCLA Graduate Students
Chair: Grace Hong, Asian American Studies and Women's Studies, UCLA
-Dalal Alfares
-Kristina Benson
-Tina Beyene
-Naazneen Diwan
-Naveen Minai
-Esha Momeni
-Rana Sharif
-Gina Singh
-Sabah Uddin

6:00-8:00 PM – Reception
                          Open Mic – 6:00-6:45 PM
                          Closing Remarks: Sondra Hale, UCLA – 6:45-7:00 PM


Cost : Free and Open to the Public

Johanna Romero
(310) 825-1455

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Department of Gender Studies, Alessandro Duranti, Dean of Social Sciences, UCLA; UC Riverside Women's Studies Dept.