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« Tuesday October 30, 2012 »
Start: 10/29/2012 09:30
End: 10/30/2012 16:30

The Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures presents:

 Life Narratives of Muslim Women in the Middle East and South Asia

Newcomb HallKaleidoscope Room

October 29th & 30th 

Monday, October 29  

Morning Session: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Gender, Culture, & the Self

Opening Remarks: Alireza Korangyz

Chair/Discussant: Mehr Farooqi 

Anshu Malhotra and Siobhan Lambert-Hurley: “Speaking of the Self: Gender, Performance, and Autobiography in South Asia”·      

Jasmin Darznik: “Of Iran, America, and the Writing In Between: Memoir and the Creation of Diasporic Iranian Identity”·      

Marie Ostby: “Persepolis, the 21st Century Graphic Novel, and the Female ‘Other’” 

Afternoon Session: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Identity & Space

Chair/Discussant: Neeti Nair·      

Rina Williams: “A Tale of Two Women: Jankibai Joshi, Lakshmibai Kelkar and the Early Rise of Religious Nationalism in Late Colonial India”  

Hanadi Al-Samman: “Mosaic Autobiography in Arab Women’s Diasporic Fiction”   

Nima Naghibi: “Human Rights and Traumatic Witness in Diasporic Iranian Women’s Prison Writings”  

Tuesday, October 30 

Morning Session: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Journeys Inward & Outward: The Art of Composing the Self

Chair/Discussant: Jahan Ramazani

Haleh Esfandiari: “Walking the Tightrope: Privacy and Public Life”

Nesta Ramazani: “Writing My Memoir: A Meeting of Cultures”

Azadeh Moaveni: “After the Fact: Hedging, Self-Censorship, and the Prospect of Return in Iranian Memoir” 

Afternoon Session: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The Archaeology of Women’s Origin Stories

Chair/Discussant: Geeta Patel

Michael Beard: “Cinematically Speaking, Where do Women Come From? An Iranian Quest”

Elizabeth Thompson: “Halide Edib: History and Her Story in Turkey”

Marilyn Booth: “Locating Women’s Autobiographical Writing in Colonial Egypt, 1885-1930”  


With generous support from the Page-Barbour and Clay Endowments, and from Loughborough University in England, this conference is co-sponsored by Women, Gender & Sexuality and the South Asia Center.

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