Assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University Rabab Abdulhadi will examine the place of pedagogy in oppositional cultures at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, in the Geneva Room. Her talk is titled “Critical Pedagogy, Cultures of Resistance, and Thought Police: Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the Time of War.” Drawing on her research in the United States, Palestine and the rest of the Arab world, including Iraq, she will focus on the function of criticism and critical thinking when policing mechanisms are tightened.
Abdulhadi inquires into oppositional cultural spaces under current conditions of national security. Her 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. Abdulhadi is currently director of a collaborative research initiative on gender and sexuality studies between the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University and partners in the Middle East, Central Asia, Southern Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. She was the editor of a special issue of “International Journal of Sociology” on Arab sociology, with articles including “Where is Home? Fragmented Lives, Border Crossing, and the Politics of Exile;” “Nomadic Existence: Gender, Exile and Palestine;” 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.”
An open roundtable discussion with Rabab Abdulhadi will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall room 212.
Available readings: “Where is Home? Fragmented Lives, Border Crossing, and the Politics of Exile”; “Nomadic Existence: Gender, Exile and Palestine”; “The Palestinian Women's Autonomous Movement: Emergence, Dynamics and Challenges.”