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Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the Time of War

Drawing on her research in America and the Arab world, Fisher Center lecturer Rabab Abdulhadi focuses on critical thinking when policing mechanisms are tightened

(March 24, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– When she joined New York University's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality in August 2001, Professor Rabab Abdulhadi was prepared to discuss the emergence of women's studies. The events of Sept. 11 changed all that.

“Understanding and contextualizing the lives and experiences of women and men in different parts of the world were no longer seen as purely intellectual exercises,” Abdulhadi wrote at the time. “Not unlike their peers around the world, especially in war-torn communities in Africa and the Middle East, NYU students now have to confront the arduous task of theorizing their own lives.”

Abdulhadi shares her thoughts on “Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the Time of War” when she speaks as part of the Fisher Center lecture series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The next day, she will participate in a roundtable discussion beginning at 8:45 a.m. in Demarest Hall, Room 212. Both events are free and open to the public.

Currently director of a collaborative research initiative between the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and partners in the Middle East, Central Asia, South Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, Abdulhadi inquires into oppositional cultural spaces under heightened conditions of national security. She has served as editor of a special issue of “International Journal of Sociology” on Arab sociology, and currently is 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 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.