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New Book in the Refugee Council Archive: Women Against Fundamentalism : stories of dissent and solidarity

As part of the Refugee Council Archive here at the University of East London, we are pleased to highlight the following new addition to the Archive collection:

Women Against Fundamentalism : stories of dissent and solidarity.
Edited by Sukhwant Dhaliwal and Nira Yuval-Davis.  Archive reference: QU85.2 DHA.

Full details of this new publication can be found on the Women Against Fundamentalism website and the book is available from the publishers website and as a kindle edition.

This book maps the development of the organisation over the past 25 years, through the life stories and political reflections of some of its members, focusing on the ways in which lived contradictions have been reflected in their politics. Their stories describe the pathways that led them to WAF, and the role WAF has played in their lives and in the forms of politicial activism in which they have engaged. Discussing feminist activism from different ethnic and religious back-grounds, contributors highlight the complex relationships of belonging that are at the heart of contemporary social life – including the problems of exclusionary political projects of belonging. They explore the ways in which anti-fundamentalism relates to broader feminist, anti-racist and other emancipatory political ideologies and movements.

Sukhwant Dhaliwal joined WAF in 1995. She has worked with Asian women’s organisations challenging domestic violence in both Newham and Manchester and has worked with Southall Black Sisters. For the last ten years, she has completed research projects encompassing a number of equality strands including: racism and racist violence; disability; age; religion and belief; and gender.

Nira Yuval-Davis is a founding member of WAF. She is the Director of the Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London

CMRB Online Publications

NiraCMRB is delighted to announce the publication of the two latest instalments in our on-line publications series.

The first is ‘Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting: A festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis’ and is based on presentations given at the event. The second is ‘London: City of Paradox’ and is based on presentations given at a conference of the same name, hosted at the University of East London in April 2012. Both are edited by Paolo Cardullo, Rahila Gupta and Jamie Hakim.

Both publications are available to download from www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/publications.htm.

Event Reminder: Women and the Arab Spring

Please find details below for the following CMRB/Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS) event: Women & The Arab Spring.

It takes place 8th December, 2-5pm at SOAS’ Khalili Theatre.

Women and the Arab Spring

All details in the attached poster and are reproduced below:

CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) (University of East London) and the Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS) would like to invite you to a symposium on the question of

WOMEN AND THE ARAB SPRING

Which will take place at the Khalili Lecture Theatre in SOAS (http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/maps/)

Saturday 8th December, 2-5pm

Confirmed Speakers:

Prof. Nadje Al Ali, SOAS

Layla El-Wafi, Women4Lybia

Afaf Jabiri, SOAS

Dr. Mariz Tadros, IDS

Prof. Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck

Chair: Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, UEL

Discussant: Dr. Ruba Salih, SOAS

The event is free but places are limited so please RSVP to Jamie Hakim, CMRB administrator (j.hakim@uel.ac.uk).

Dr. Ruba Salih, Director of the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS  http://www.soas.ac.uk/genderstudies/

Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, CMRB UEL Director
http://www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/

Prof. Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS

Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of the Centre for Gender Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her main research interests revolve around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora moblization; war, conflict and reconstruction. Nadje is a feminist and peace activist–academic who co-founded Act Together: Women’s Action for Iraq in the late 90s. During this period she also started to get involved with Women in Black UK. Nadje is currently President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). And a member of the Feminist Review Collective.

Layla El-Wafi, Women4Lybia

Layla El-Wafi is an English qualified lawyer who also has experience working with international and local NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as well as in New York and London. She is of mixed Libyan and Egyptian heritage, speaks Arabic and regularly travels across the MENA region. Layla is a founding member of Women4Libya which is a priority initiative of the Libyan Civil Society Organisation (LSCO).

Afaf Jabiri, SOAS

Afaf Jabiri is a leading women’s rights activist in Jordan and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Serving as a board member of the Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU) since the 1990s, she worked to establish its hotline and shelter for women survivors of violence, a first in Jordan and the Arab region. In the last four years, Ms. Jabiri served as an advisor on gender-based violence and women’s rights for various UN agencies. Ms. Jabiri is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Gender Studies/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Dr. Mariz Tadros, IDS

Mariz Tadros is an Egyptian political scientist and research Fellow with the Participation, Power and Social Change team at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She is the author of Democracy redefined or confined?: The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt (Routledge 2012). Her contributions have featured in The Guardian, openDemocracy and The Middle East Report. Prior to joining IDS, she worked as an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, and has almost ten years of experience as a journalist working for Al-Ahram Weekly newspaper in Egypt.

Prof. Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck

Sami Zubaida is emeritus professor of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, London. He is the author of Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East (IB Tauris, 2011). His earlier books include Islam, the People and the State: Political Ideas and Movements in the Middle East (IB Tauris, 1993); A Taste of Thyme: Culinary Cultures of the Middle East (IB Tauris, 2001); and Law and Power in the Islamic World  (IB Tauris, 2005).

To download the poster in PDF format, click here: [Women and the Arab Spring].

Event: Women & The Arab Spring

Please find details below for the following CMRB/Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS) event: Women & The Arab Spring.

It takes place 8th December, 2-5pm at SOAS’ Khalili Theatre.

Women and the Arab Spring

Women and the Arab Spring

All details in the attached poster and are reproduced below:

CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) (University of East London) and the Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS) would like to invite you to a symposium on the question of

WOMEN AND THE ARAB SPRING

Which will take place at the Khalili Lecture Theatre in SOAS (http://www.soas.ac.uk/visitors/location/maps/)

Saturday 8th December, 2-5pm

Confirmed Speakers:

Prof. Nadje Al Ali, SOAS

Layla El-Wafi, Women4Lybia

Afaf Jabiri, SOAS

Dr. Mariz Tadros, IDS

Prof. Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck

Chair: Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, UEL

Discussant: Dr. Ruba Salih, SOAS

The event is free but places are limited so please RSVP to Jamie Hakim, CMRB administrator (j.hakim@uel.ac.uk).

Dr. Ruba Salih, Director of the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS  http://www.soas.ac.uk/genderstudies/

Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, CMRB UEL Director
http://www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/

Prof. Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS

Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of the Centre for Gender Studies, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her main research interests revolve around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora moblization; war, conflict and reconstruction. Nadje is a feminist and peace activist–academic who co-founded Act Together: Women’s Action for Iraq in the late 90s. During this period she also started to get involved with Women in Black UK. Nadje is currently President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). And a member of the Feminist Review Collective.

Layla El-Wafi, Women4Lybia

Layla El-Wafi is an English qualified lawyer who also has experience working with international and local NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as well as in New York and London. She is of mixed Libyan and Egyptian heritage, speaks Arabic and regularly travels across the MENA region. Layla is a founding member of Women4Libya which is a priority initiative of the Libyan Civil Society Organisation (LSCO).

Afaf Jabiri, SOAS

Afaf Jabiri is a leading women’s rights activist in Jordan and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Serving as a board member of the Jordanian Women’s Union (JWU) since the 1990s, she worked to establish its hotline and shelter for women survivors of violence, a first in Jordan and the Arab region. In the last four years, Ms. Jabiri served as an advisor on gender-based violence and women’s rights for various UN agencies. Ms. Jabiri is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Gender Studies/School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Dr. Mariz Tadros, IDS

Mariz Tadros is an Egyptian political scientist and research Fellow with the Participation, Power and Social Change team at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She is the author of Democracy redefined or confined?: The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt (Routledge 2012). Her contributions have featured in The Guardian, openDemocracy and The Middle East Report. Prior to joining IDS, she worked as an assistant professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, and has almost ten years of experience as a journalist working for Al-Ahram Weekly newspaper in Egypt.

Prof. Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck

Sami Zubaida is emeritus professor of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, London. He is the author of Beyond Islam: A New Understanding of the Middle East (IB Tauris, 2011). His earlier books include Islam, the People and the State: Political Ideas and Movements in the Middle East (IB Tauris, 1993); A Taste of Thyme: Culinary Cultures of the Middle East (IB Tauris, 2001); and Law and Power in the Islamic World  (IB Tauris, 2005).

To download the poster in PDF format, click here: [Women and the Arab Spring].

 

Conference: `London: City of Paradox’

Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees & Belonging (CMRB)

London – City of Paradox An international conference at the University of East London, 3-5 April 2012

Further details : http://www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/documents/LondonCityofParadoxNotice.pdf

Organised by CMRB, in co-operation with Runnymede Trust, Iniva, London East Research Institute, Raphael Samuel History Centre, Centre for Cultural Studies Research, Matrix East Research Lab, and the Centre for Performance Studies.

The Olympic Games have focused attention on London. “Official” approaches towards the Games stress the city’s inclusiveness – a history and contemporary reality in which London brings together the peoples and cultures of the world.
This is an important part of London’s stories past and present – but only a part. Recent riots have summoned other histories – of tension and conflict, of exclusion as well as inclusion – highlighting current issues of security, surveillance and the criminalisation of young Londoners. How do we evaluate these different accounts? How to understand the city in all its complexity?
This conference examines London as a site of inclusion and exclusion – a city which has both encouraged and discouraged migration and settlement, and which has stimulated both cultural heterogeneity and homogeneity. It will provide opportunities to consider how powerful institutions have shaped discourses of nation and empire, of internationalism and globalism. It will examine multiple contradictions associated with the past and the present – London, City of Paradox.

Holistic approach

The conference embraces a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing on insights from Urban Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Development Studies, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Migration Studies and Refugee Studies. It will also address key issues in cultural production, especially in relation to public representation of cultural diversity. Participants come from academic networks and Third Sector organisations undertaking community initiatives, especially in the arts.

The organisers have identified a number of themes:

  • contending histories: London as an object of historical study; London in the national narrative; “peoples’ ” histories; London, gender and history; history and community today; “official” history and the Olympic project
  • London and the world: colonialism, neo-colonialism and the metropolitan city; commerce, slavery and empire; London and the neo-liberal networks; global city: London and the cities of the South
  • race, racism and the city: “hidden” and “invisible” populations; inclusion and exclusion; geographies of community; immigration, work and settlement; refuge and asylum; citizenship, multiculturalism, “cohesion” and integration today
  • East London: the East End in narratives of London and nation; East London and the maritime networks; the East End as refuge; East End, gender and sexuality; resistance and radicalism; regeneration and the “new” East End
  • imaging and performing London: visual cultures yesterday and today – film, photography, multimedia, performance
  • city and spectacle: London and the Olympic cities – global spectacle and local reality. Documenting the Olympics then and now (UEL holds the Library and Archive of the British Olympic Association, including materials on the 1948 London Olympics).

Conference format

The conference will take place from 3 to 5 April 2012 at the Docklands Campus of the University of East London. It will include plenary sessions, discussion groups and parallel panels and workshops.

All participants will have opportunities to listen to experts and activists, and to participate in collective thinking and analysis. In this way the conference will include best practices of academic and non-academic workshops. There will also be opportunities to perform, to meet local NGOs, go for walks in East London and to observe exhibitions by local artists, scholars and activists.
Among many who have already agreed to take part in the conference are (in alphabetical order):

Claire Alexander, Floya Anthias, Rob Berkeley, Penny Bernstock, Avtar Brah, Craig Calhoun, Mary Chamberlain, Matt Cook, David Feldman, Ben Gidley, David Gilbert, Paul Gilroy, Vassil Girginov, Michael Keith, Roshini Kempadoo, Yosefa Loshitzky, Philip Marfleet, Doreen Massey, Mica Nava, Ann Phoenix, Gavin Poynter, Mike Raco, Michael Rustin, Nicola Samson, Saskia Sassen, Corinne Squire, Helen Taylor, Judith Walkowitz, Vron Ware, Georgie Wemyss, Jane Wills, Jerry White and Nira Yuval-Davis.

Regular conference fee £60; concessions (unwaged, students, seniors) £30.
Refreshments included.

(You are encouraged to register for the whole conference,
facilitating active engagement in discussion groups.)

Daily rate available at the conference £25; concessions £12.
Register at: http://uel-iis-b.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/booking/

All enquiries please contact Masi Fathi: m.fathi@uel.ac.uk

UEL Docklands Campus is adjacent to Cyprus Station, Docklands Light Railway: http://www.uel.ac.uk/campuses/docklands.htm

CMRB, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD
http://ww.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/

Event : Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting : A Festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis

Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting : A Festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis

Organised by :

The Centre for Migration Refugees and Belonging (UEL)
The Centre for Narrative Research (UEL)
The Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS)

26 November 2011, Saturday, SOAS, Khalili Lecture Theatre

With the launch of Nira’s Latest Book

Nira Yuval-Davis in conversation with Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education

Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting : A Festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis

Speakers:

Gender and national reproduction: Floya Anthias, Roehampton University; Nadje Al-Ali, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Intersectionalities: Avtar Brah, Birkbeck College, University of London; Georgie Wemyss, Roehampton University

Transformative pedagogy: A panel discussion with some of Nira’s former postgraduate students: Cass Balchin, Muslim Women’s Network; Samia Bano, Reading

University; Umut Erel, Open University; Marcel Stoetzler, Bangor University; Ulrike Vieten, University of Amsterdam

Women and fundamentalisms: Pragnal Patel, Southall Black Sisters;  Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space

Settler societies: Haim Bresheeth, University of East London;  Avishai Ehrlich, Tel Aviv University

East London, racisms, refugees: Phil Marfleet, University of East London Erene Kaptani, The Open University

RSVPto Mastoureh Fathi at fathi.mastoureh@gmail.com by 10 November 2011

Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting : A Festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis

Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting : A Festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis

Organised by :

The Centre for Migration Refugees and Belonging (UEL)
The Centre for Narrative Research (UEL)
The Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS)

26 November 2011, Saturday, SOAS, Khalili Lecture Theatre

With the launch of Nira’s Latest Book

Nira Yuval-Davis in conversation with Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education

 

Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting : A Festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis

Sociology, Politics, Thinking and Acting : A Festschrift for Nira Yuval-Davis

Speakers:

Gender and national reproduction: Floya Anthias, Roehampton University; Nadje Al-Ali, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Intersectionalities: Avtar Brah, Birkbeck College, University of London; Georgie Wemyss, Roehampton University

Transformative pedagogy: A panel discussion with some of Nira’s former postgraduate students: Cass Balchin, Muslim Women’s Network; Samia Bano, Reading

University; Umut Erel, Open University; Marcel Stoetzler, Bangor University; Ulrike Vieten, University of Amsterdam

Women and fundamentalisms: Pragnal Patel, Southall Black Sisters;  Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space

Settler societies: Haim Bresheeth, University of East London;  Avishai Ehrlich, Tel Aviv University

East London, racisms, refugees: Phil Marfleet, University of East London Erene Kaptani, The Open University

RSVPto Mastoureh Fathi at fathi.mastoureh@gmail.com by 10 November 2011