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SOAS feminist scholar co-organises US event addressing feminist issues in Middle East

3 April 2014

Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London has co-organised a major workshop in the US to host a range of leading feminist scholars to explore a range of feminist issues in the Middle East.

‘Feminism and Authoritarianism in the Middle East’, taking place at the Study of the Middle East (CSME), University of Indiana (Bloomington) on 3 and 4 April, will have eight renowned speakers and activists discussing feminist issues in Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq, including a talk and public lecture by Professor Al-Ali.

Topics range from ‘Challenges for Feminists:  Politics and Islam from Authoritarianism to the Arab Spring in Tunisia’, ‘Between two "Revolutions": Changing Feminist Discourses, A personal Reflection’ and ‘Iraqi women’s rights activism - dealing with political chaos and sectarian violence in post-Ba’athist Iraq’.

Speakers include Professor Mounira Charrad, University of Texas at Austin; Professor Dalenda Larguèche, Université de la Manouba (Tunisia), Hania Sholkamy, The American University in Cairo, feminist activist Dina Wahba, Ayșe Gül Altınay, Sabancy University, Istanbul, feminist activist Ezgi Koçak and Zahra Ali, SOAS.

Professor Al-Ali has written widely on the subject of women’s position in society in the Middle East. Publications include her book ‘Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present’ (2007) and she also co-authored ‘What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq’ (2010).

View the programme for ‘Feminism and Authoritarianism in the Middle East’.