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2019 Brown Bag Lunch Series Launch: Disability & the Arab World

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Date(s) - 11/11/2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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Contact Person:
Jinseul Jun

Intercultural Center (ICC) McGhee Library


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The 2019 Brown Bag Lunch Series on “Disability and the Arab World” seeks to introduce students, faculty, and staff at Georgetown and in the larger DC community to experiences and representations of disability in academia; explore disability as an issue of social justice and human diversity in the context of the Arab world; address the possibility/importance of examining the internationalist of Disability Studies, international relations, area studies, and other relevant disciplines; and foster collaborative engagement and information exchange sharing between stakeholders.

Join us for our first discussion with Dr. Sara Scalenghe (an associate professor of History at Loyola University Maryland), a historian of the social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East, with a focus on the Arab World. Dr. Scalenghe will discuss her research on disability and Islam, and specifically within the Ottoman Empire. She will also discuss the relevance and significance of Disability Studies within Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Dr. Scalenghe graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, with a B.A. in Arabic and Persian, and then went on to pursue an M.A. in Arab Studies and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and North African History from Georgetown University. Her first book, Disability in the Ottoman Arab World, 1500-1800 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Paperback, 2016), won the 2016 Disability History Association Outstanding Book Award, as well as an Honorable Mention in the 2015 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies. It examines blindness, deafness, madness, and intersex in early modern Egypt and Greater Syria. She recently edited a round-table on Disability Studies in the Middle East and North Africa for the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and she is currently writing a book on disability in the Arab world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Jinseul Jun at

This event is made possible in part by a Title VI grant from the US Department of Education.

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