Friday, March 5, 2021    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Register Here.

Sherine Hafez is professor and department chair of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California Riverside. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS) and served as president of the Association of Middle East Anthropologists (AMEA). Hafez’s research focuses on Islamic movements and gender studies in Arab and Middle Eastern cultures. Her new book, Women of the Midan: The Untold Stories of Egypt’s Revolutionaries (Indiana University Press 2019), discusses Egypt’s revolutionary women and gendered corporeal resistance in the Middle East.
Hafez is the author of The Terms of Empowerment: Islamic Women Activists in Egypt (2003), which questions the applicability of western liberal conceptions of empowerment to Islamic women’s activism. Her second book, An Islam of Her Own: Reconsidering Religion And Secularism In Women’s Islamic Movements (New York University Press 2011), challenges binary representations of women’s subjectivities in Islamic movements by relating the interplay between the complex debates of modernity and postcoloniality to the particular historicity of Islam and secularism. She co-edited Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: Into the New Millennium (Indiana University Press 2013). Her articles have appeared in American Ethnologist; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Feminist Review; Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies; and Journal of North African Studies. Hafez lectures on gender studies in the Middle East and Muslim-majority countries, Islamic movements, women’s Islamic activism and in the uprisings in the Arab World.

Nadje Al-Ali, Director, Center for Middle East Studies, Brown University
A collaboration between Brown’s Center for Middle East Studies and the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS).  Cosponsored by the joint project “Ten Years On: Mass Protests and Uprisings in the Arab World”.