New Middle Eastern Uprisings: Gender, Class and Security Politics in Egypt and Iran

See Manijeh Nasrabadi’s blog entry which came out of this event.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 12:30 to 2:00pm
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU
20 Cooper Square, 4th floor

The recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are electrifying the Middle East and the world.  At this lunch time panel, Paul Amar will lay out the forces behind the popular democracy movement in Egypt, and Manijeh Nasrabadi will offer some comparisons to the Green Revolution in Iran.  Both will address the wider context of popular revolt in the Middle East.  Come, bring your lunch, and engage in discussion about these momentous events.
Paul Amar is Associate Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  He is author of The Security Archipelago: ‘Human Security States,’ Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism (forthcoming from Duke University Press), and the co-editor of Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture and Urban Space in the New, Globalized Middle East (American University in Cairo Press, 2006).  He is also the author of widely circulated articles on the current uprising in Egypt, published in and Al Jazeera English.  He has recently appeared on Pacifica radio and Democracy Now to explain the political, economic and social forces at work now.
Manijeh Nasrabadi is a writer, activist and PhD student in American Studies at NYU. Her work focuses on Iranian American cultural production, trans-national solidarity, feminism and internationalism. She is co-director of the Association of Iranian American Writers and a member of the NYC-based Raha Iranian Feminist Collective. Her essays and articles have appeared in About Face (Seal Press), Hyphen Magazine, Tehran Bureau, and Callaloo and are forthcoming in Love and Pomegranates (University of Utah Press) and the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, the American Studies Program, the Asian / Pacific / American Institute and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, as well as by the journal Social Text.

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