Arab America Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism

Event Date: 

5/1/2014

Speakers: 

Prof. Nadine Naber, University of Illinois Chicago

The CRG welcomed Prof. Nadine Naber to campus, where she gave the CRG Spring 2014 Distinguished Guest Lecture to share findings from her book, Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism.  In Arab America, Prof. 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.