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Publié le vendredi 04 mars 2016 par Céline Guilleux

Résumé

Starting from the different historical experiences and political as well as intellectual trajectories of feminisms (understood as both feminist movements and ideologies) in the MENA region, the workshop focuses on how scholars who have long been observing feminist endeavors, while being themselves women's rights activits, interpret the present situation beyond ideological fault lines. What are the relevant concepts for understanding current debates and evolutions inside Arab feminisms? What is the potential of feminism(s) as both a set of critical theoretical tools as well as an ensemble of movements in the region? How does one theorize Arab feminisms from within while taking account of their historical entanglements as well as their current transnational connectivities?

Annonce

The University of Zurich is organising from March 18-19, 2016 an international Workshop on "Feminism and Theory in the Arab World". This event is  the result of a collaboration between the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies - Chair of Gender Studies and Islamic Studies, the University Research Priority Program Asia and Europe and the Swiss Society for Gender Studies. It is co-funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Convenors

  • Bettina Dennerlein (Chair of Gender Studies and Islamic Studies)
  • Yasmine Berriane (URPP Asia and Europe).

Location

Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Room RAA G-01, Rämistrasse 59, CH-8001 Zurich.

Deadline for registration

March 10, 2016.

Contact: yasmine.berriane@uzh.ch

Argument

The question of women's rights, and by extension of feminism, is a highly debated topic in the Arab World. Not only does it touch upon the controversial issue of gender equality but also on questions of identity, ideology, power and politics. Organisations and actors with different - and often opposing - ideological backgrounds that claim to have a women's rights agenda have been amongst the most active in the region in the past decades. Studies on their work and trajectories have led to substantial scholarship, both in the fields of academic research and of activist grey literature. These works have shed light on processes of political advocacy and negociations, and have described ensuing legal and social changes. They have further contributed to producing typologies of different forms of feminism, and to highlighting the interrelation between diverse currents.

Starting from the different historical experiences and political as well as intellectual trajectories of feminisms in the MENA region, the workshop focuses on how scholars who have long been observing feminist endeavors, while being themselves women's rights activits, interpret the present situation beyond ideological fault lines. What are the relevant concepts for understanding current debates and evolutions inside Arab feminisms? What is the potential of feminism(s) as both a set of critical theoretical tools as well as an ensemble of movements in the region? How does one theorize Arab feminisms from within while taking account of their historical entanglements as well as their current transnational connectivities?

Program

Friday, March 18, 2016

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Introduction by the Organizers
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Marnia Lazreg: "Theorizing the Median Space between Power and Feminism: The Case of Algeria"
  • 11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
  • 11:15-12:15 Fatima Sadiqi: "The Centre: A Post-'Arab Spring' Space for a New Moroccan Feminist Discourse"
  • 12:15-14:30 Lunch break
  • 14:30-15:30 Amel Grami:"Male Feminism in Post-Revolution Tunisia"
  • 15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
  • 15:45-16:45 Zeina Zaatari: "A Fourth Wave of Feminism: The Body as Core, the Story as Voice"
  • 16:45-17:15 Coffee break
  • 17:15-19:00 Roundtable "Women's and Gender Studies in Arab and Swiss Universities"

Saturday, March 19, 2016

  • 10:00-11:00 Hoda Elsadda: "Traveling Critique: Anti-imperialism, Gender and Rights Discourses"
  • 11:00-11:15 Coffee break
  • 11:15-12:15 Raja Rhouni: "Fatema Mernissi and the Decolonization of Feminism: Islamic Feminism as a New Paradigm and Beyond".
  • 12:15-13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30 Final Discussion (discussants: Katrin Meyer and Nadia Al-Bagdadi)

Catégories

Lieux

  • Room RAA G-01 - Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Rämistrasse 59
    Zurich, Confédération Suisse (8001)

Dates

  • vendredi 18 mars 2016
  • samedi 19 mars 2016

Mots-clés

  • féminisme, monde arabe, genre, théorie

Contacts

  • Yasmine Berriane
    courriel : yasmine [dot] berriane [at] uzh [dot] ch

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • Yasmine Berriane
    courriel : yasmine [dot] berriane [at] uzh [dot] ch

Pour citer cette annonce

« Feminism and Theory in the Arab World », Journée d'étude, Calenda, Publié le vendredi 04 mars 2016, http://calenda.org/358751