Feminist Perspectives on Resistance and Solidarity
Date(s) - 02/27/2015
CUNY School of Law
CUNY for Palestine
Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi and Dr. Simona Sharoni met over twenty five years ago and have collaborated over the years on multiple scholarly and activist projects. Aside from sharing a life commitment to the struggle of peace with justice in Palestine and Israel, these two prominent feminist scholars have made contributions to other struggles for social, gender and sexual justice in the academy as well as at other international and North American sites.
Abdulhadi and Sharoni will offer such analyses including:
> The distorted dominant media coverage of the assault, which ignored the power disparities between Palestinians and Israel
> The racist and gendered images and statements deployed to represent the conflict.
> The impact of the violence on, and the responses of Palestinian and Israeli women
> The response of the international community with particular attention to the growing visibility and impact of the global movement of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), on one hand, and efforts to hold Israeli officials accountable and investigate possible violations of human rights and international conventions.
> Prospects for a just and lasting peace in the region in the aftermath of the Israeli war on Gaza and the earlier repressive campaign in the West Bank.
DR RABAB ABDULHADI is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and the Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, at the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University. Before joining SFSU, she served as the first director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She received her BA (Summa Cum Laude) in Special Honors Curriculum, Sociology and Women’s Studies from Hunter College in New York and her MA, MPhil and PhD from Yale University.
A co-founder and Editorial Board member of the Islamophobia Studies Journal, she co-authored Mobilizing Democracy: Changing US Policy in the Middle East, and co-editor Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging, winner of the 2012 Evelyn Shakir National Arab American non-fiction Book Award, and a special issue of MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies special issue on gender, nation and belonging (2005).Her work has appeared in Al-Shabaka; Gender and Society; Radical History Review; Peace Review; Journal of Women’s History; Taiba: Women and Cultural Discourses; Cuadernos Metodologicos: Estudio de Casos; This Bridge We Call Home; New World Coming: The 1960s and the Shaping of Global Consciousness; Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life in America; The Guardian, Al-Fajr; Womanews; Palestine Focus; Voice of Palestinian Women; and several Arabic language publications, such as Falasteen Al-Thahwra; Al-Hadaf; and Al-Hurriyah.
Abdulhadi taught at eight transnational sites of higher education including the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Birzeit University in Palestine. The recipient of several honors and awards (including the New Century Scholarship, Sterling Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa, and teaching excellence awards from Yale University and AUC), she serves on the Board of Policy Advisors of the Palestinian Think Tank, Al-Shabaka and the International Advisory Board of the World Congress of Middle East Studies (WOCMES). As a scholar/activist committed to justice-centered scholarship and pedagogy, she co-founded the Union of Palestinian Women’s Associations in North America (UPWA), the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), California Scholars for Academic Freedom and the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI). She co-organized and led several delegations to Palestine made up of Indigenous scholars and scholars of color and has participated in academic, intellectual and public sites in the Global South and North, including World Social Forum in India, Brazil, Kenya, Senegal, and Tunisia.
DR SIMONA SHARONI is a feminist scholar, researcher and activist. She is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh. Sharoni holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and MA and BA degrees in Counseling and Special Education from Haifa University, Israel. Prior to joining SUNY Plattsburgh, she taught at the Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and at American University in Washington DC. She also held semester long distinguished scholar appointments at the University of Oregon and the University of Cincinnati.
Sharoni’s research and writing have included a comparative analysis of gender dynamics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in the North of Ireland as well as a critical examination of militarization and masculinities and especially the interplay between political violence and gender-based violence. She is the author of Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Politics of Women’s Resistance and more than 50 refereed articles and book chapters. numerous other publications. She is currently completing a manuscript titled Gender, Resistance and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (1994-2014). Another work in progress involves a textbook titled: Sexuality, Power, and Relationships, designed to address gender-based violence on college campuses.
A former co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and its founding Executive Director, Sharoni has played a key role in advocating for the centrality of feminist
perspectives to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Sharoni is also a founding member of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section (FTGS) at the International Studies Association (ISA), a co-editor of a book series Gender, Culture and Politics in the Middle East that has been in existence for over two decades and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP). Recently she was the co-founder of Faculty Against Rape (FAR), a newly founded national organization advocating for an increased role of faculty in the struggle to confront sexual assault on college campuses.