Author's Forum Presents: Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11 and Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism: A Conversation with Nadine Naber and Evelyn Alsultany


Feb
07
2013

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  • Speaker: Evelyn Alsultany and Nadine Naber
  • Host Department: Institute for the Humanities
  • Date: 02/07/2013
  • Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM

  • Location: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University, Library Gallery

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  • Description:

    Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11: After 9/11, there was an increase in both the incidence of hate crimes and government policies that targeted Arabs and Muslims and the proliferation of sympathetic portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media. Arabs and Muslims in the Media examines this paradox and investigates the increase of sympathetic images of “the enemy” during the War on Terror. Evelyn Alsultany explains that a new standard in racial and cultural representations emerged out of the multicultural movement of the 1990s that involves balancing a negative representation with a positive one, what she refers to as “simplified complex representations.” 

    Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism: Arab Americans are one of the most misunderstood segments of the U.S. population, especially after the events of 9/11. In Arab America, Nadine Naber tells the stories of second generation Arab American young adults living in the San Francisco Bay Area, most of whom are political activists engaged in two culturalist movements that draw on the conditions of diaspora, a Muslim global justice and a Leftist Arab movement. Writing from a transnational feminist perspective, Naber reveals the complex and at times contradictory cultural and political processes through which Arabness is forged in the contemporary United States, and explores the apparently intra-communal cultural concepts of religion, family, gender, and sexuality as the battleground on which Arab American young adults and the looming world of America all wrangle. 

    Evelyn Alsultany is an Associate Professor in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. She is co-editor of Arab and Arab American Feminisms and of Between the Middle East and the Americas. She is also guest curator of Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes (www.arabstereotypes.org).

    Nadine Naber is Associate Professor in the Program in American Culture and the Department of Women’s Studies and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is co-editor of Race and Arab Americans (2007) and Arab and Arab American Feminisms (2011).