Going Home, Coming Back? Gender, Exile, and Palestine in Post 9/11 New York – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Going Home, Coming Back? Gender, Exile, and Palestine in Post 9/11 New York

What has Sept. 11 meant for Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian women in New York City? Rabab Abdulhadi will answer that question.

November 26, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Rabab Abdulhadi, an assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, will examine how globalization and universalizing standards give advantages to some people, but marginalize and dispossess others. Her talk is titled “Going Home, Coming Back? Gender, Exile, and Palestine in Post 9/11 New York,” and she will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Geneva Room on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The following morning there will be a roundtable discussion at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall Room 212.

Abdulhadi's doctoral dissertation was a comparative study of the changed meaning of Palestinianness before and after the creation of Palestinian self-rule areas in parts of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Her publications include “Where is home? Fragmented lives, border crossing, and the politics of exile”; “Nomadic existence: Gender, Exile and Palestine” in “This Bridge Called My Back: Twenty Years Later”; and “The Palestinian Women’s Autonomous Movement: Emergence, Dynamics, and Challenges”. She is currently completing two books, “Cultures of Resistance and the Post-Colonial State” and “The Limitations of Nationalism: Gender Dynamics and the Emergent Palestinian Feminist Discourses”.

Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. The Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues. More information on this series can be found at http://www.hws.edu/academics/community/fishercenter/index.asp.

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