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Women, Egypt and Revolution: Seminar/Teach-in with Nawal El Saadawi and Susan Buck-Morss

Wednesday, March 16th at 4PM
Room 5109, Graduate Center CUNY
365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016

Organized by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics
Co-Sponsored by Mellon Committee on Religion; Committee for the Study of Globalization and Social Change, MEMEAC, Political Science PhD Department

PLEASE RSVP if you would like to attend this event. Seating is limited and we will circulate papers beforehand.

Nawal El Saadawi is a leading Egyptian feminist, sociologist, medical doctor and militant writer on Arab women’s problems. She is the author of Women at Point Zero (1979); Memoirs from the Women’s Prison (1984); The Nawal El Saadwai Reader (1997) amongst others, and is one of the most widely translated contemporary Egyptian writers, with her work available in twelve languages

Her writing presents the full range of her extraordinary work. She explores a host of topics from women’s oppression at the hands of recent interpretations of Islam to the role of women in African literature, from sexual politics of development initiatives to tourism in a ‘post-colonial’ age. She looks at the nature of cultural identity to the subversive potential of creativity, from the fight against female genital mutilation to problems facing the internationalization of the women’s movement. Throughout her writing she sheds new light on the power of women in resistance – against poverty, racism, fundamentalism, and inequality of all kinds. Nawal El Saadawi has received three literary awards.

In 1980, as a culmination of the long war she had fought for Egyptian women’s social and intellectual freedom, an activity that had closed all avenues of official jobs to her, she was imprisoned under the Sadat regime, for alleged “crimes against the state. Even after her release from prison, El Saadawi’s life was threatened by those who opposed her work, mainly Islamic fundamentalists, and armed guards were stationed outside her house in Giza for several years until she left the country to be a visiting professor at North American universities. El Saadawi was the writer in residence at Duke University’s Asian and African Languages Department from 1993-1996. She also taught at Washington State University in Seattle. She has since held positions at a number of prestigious colleges and universities including Cairo University, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Sorbonne, Georgetown, Florida State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. In 1996, she moved back to Egypt and was among the protesters in Tahrir Square earlier this year.  El Saadawi continues to devote her time to being a writer, journalist and worldwide speaker on women’s issues.


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