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‘Middle Eastern Women Writers and Their Impacts,’ Panel Discussion
January 24, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations for a panel of two scholars on Middle Eastern women writers. The panelists will elaborate on the significance of women’s writing in contemporary Middle East and the challenges they have faced on their way.
Nesreen Akhtarkhavari, an associate professor and director of Arabic studies at DePaul University will discuss Jordanian women writers and their contributions to the local and regional literary scene with a focus on the award-winning writer Samiha Kharis and her ability to breathe life into her work creating a range of Arab women protagonists, unrestrained and faithful to their social and cultural fabrics. Her work skillfully and artistically weaves the past with the present into a well-articulated and engaging narrative that transcends the boundaries of her local community, painting with her words a panoramic view of women’s strengths, weaknesses and dreams everywhere, speaking for Arab women as they see themselves, and not as men choose to depict them.
Nasrin Rahimieh, the Howard Baskerville Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature at the University of California-Irvine will discuss Iranian women’s contemporary prose writing. The flourishing of Iranian women’s writing in the wake of 1979 revolution has been much noted and celebrated. What is less scrutinized is whether this phenomenon is a reflection or byproduct of the revolution and what it might reveal about the conditions of women’s belonging to the national imaginary. Focusing on a selection of contemporary prose fiction penned by women, Rahimieh will explore their representations of female subjectivity.
Nadia Yaqub, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will serve as moderator.
For information, please contact Claudia Yaghoobi, the Roshan Assistant Professor of Persian Studies.