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Feminisms in Tension at the “Feminism in Crisis?” Conference

Feminisms in Tension at the “Feminism in Crisis?” Conference REVIEW ESSAY Feminisms in Tension at the “Feminism in Crisis?” Conference GH IWA S AY EGH and YA SMIN SHAFEI American University of Beirut January 19–20, 2018 The “Feminism in Crisis? Gender and the Arab Public Sphere” conference, cocon- vened by Carmen Geha, Sara Mourad, and Rim Saab at the American University of Beirut, took place on January 19–20, 2018. It included keynote addresses by Nadje Al-Ali (University of London), Hoda Elsadda (Cairo University), Frances S. Hasso (Duke University), Beth Baron (City University of New York), and Islah Jad (Birzeit University). It also included multiple panels that ran in parallel over two days. The conference organizers asked what feminism can accomplish “in the midst of the geopolitical crises sweeping the region, and between state feminism’s lip service to women’s rights on one hand and the NGOization of activism and political partici- pation on the other.” While the conference disrupted the locality of feminist knowledge production and put feminisms in the region in conversation, it also brought to the surface different positionalities, tensions, complicities, and contestations. Some binaries were deconstructed and others reified. The intersection of gender with sexuality and migration was sidelined in favor of a focus on states, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

Feminisms in Tension at the “Feminism in Crisis?” Conference

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Copyright © 2018 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
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1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-7025427
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Abstract

REVIEW ESSAY Feminisms in Tension at the “Feminism in Crisis?” Conference GH IWA S AY EGH and YA SMIN SHAFEI American University of Beirut January 19–20, 2018 The “Feminism in Crisis? Gender and the Arab Public Sphere” conference, cocon- vened by Carmen Geha, Sara Mourad, and Rim Saab at the American University of Beirut, took place on January 19–20, 2018. It included keynote addresses by Nadje Al-Ali (University of London), Hoda Elsadda (Cairo University), Frances S. Hasso (Duke University), Beth Baron (City University of New York), and Islah Jad (Birzeit University). It also included multiple panels that ran in parallel over two days. The conference organizers asked what feminism can accomplish “in the midst of the geopolitical crises sweeping the region, and between state feminism’s lip service to women’s rights on one hand and the NGOization of activism and political partici- pation on the other.” While the conference disrupted the locality of feminist knowledge production and put feminisms in the region in conversation, it also brought to the surface different positionalities, tensions, complicities, and contestations. Some binaries were deconstructed and others reified. The intersection of gender with sexuality and migration was sidelined in favor of a focus on states,

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2018

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