Archive | May, 2012

Thank you!

30 May

We are very happy to report that the Arab Women, Media, and Sexuality conference was successful! The conference took place on May 26th with the participation of 55 guests and featured three long-distance presentations. The University of York ran a piece about the conference on its website.

We would like to thank everyone who supported this conference: the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York, Dr. Ann Kaloski-Naylor, and the team of volunteers who helped run the sessions and made sure the day ran smoothly.

We also want to thank the delegates for their stimulating papers and the guests for their input and insight. We had a truly engaging conference because of the interesting papers and the lively discussions that took place.

We’re eager to keep the good buzz that was created during AWMS alive. So if you have any suggestions on how we can do this, please leave a comment! We’re very interested in bringing together people interested in AWMS themes who did not manage to join us in York, so please do get in touch and let’s create something exciting together!


AWMS Conference: Latest Programme and Updates

22 May


The Arab Women, Media, and Sexuality conference is fast approaching. Within a few days we will be engaging in lively debates around several important themes: cultural products, representations of Arab women in Eastern and Western media, veiling and unveiling, and empowerment and resistance.

We are very excited about this event (as you could probably tell already!) and we hope that it will foster healthy discussions and long-lasting networks.

A detailed and up-to-date programme, as well as abstracts and other information, can be accessed on this link as a PDF file:


If you are attending the conference, please do not print the programme as a copy will be given to you on the day.

We look forward to seeing you in York on Saturday!

Detailed programme

10 May

After several changes we now have a detailed programme for the Arab Women, Media, and Sexuality conference. Exciting!

Time Activity
8:45 – 9:15 Registration, coffee and tea
9:15– 9:20 Welcome and announcements
9:25 – 10:40 Taster plenary

(Bowland Lecture Theatre)

Chair: Dr. Ann Kaloski-Naylor


1-      Hanan Tabbara : Displacing Responsibility: Media Representations of  The “Hopeless” Iraqi Refugee Sex Worker

2-      Salam Al-Mahadin: The Hijab: New Musings on an Old Debate

3-      Stefanie Van de Peer: Tunisian Women before and after the Jasmine Revolution: a cross-media exploration of representation


10:40 – 10:55 Coffee and tea


11:00 – 12:30


Panel 1: Cultural Products: TV and Talk Shows (BSB large seminar room)

Chair: Sarah Harper


1-       Dana Nassif: Arab Talk Shows and Their Audiences: Femininity, Privacy and the Public Sphere

2-       Nay El Rahi : Sexuality on Lebanese television: Case of Severe Schizophrenia

3-       Ehab Galal: Women on Islamic satellite TV: room for sexuality?

4-       Reem Abd Ulhamid: Muslim discourse on women’s sexuality: the case of Iqraa TV (2009)




Panel 2: Cultural Products: Advertisements and Drama (Bowland Lecture Theatre)

Chair: Abigail Tazzyman


1-   Çiçek Coşkun: Modernization And Women In Tunisian Films

2-   Helena Nassif: When Reality Meets Fiction: Stardom and Sexual Politics in Damascus

3-   Belhorma Souad: Beauty Sells best: The Representation of Women in Commercial Advertisements



12:30 – 1:15 Lunch in the Treehouse

1:15 – 2:30


Panel 3: On Veiling and Unveiling

(Bowland Lecture Theatre)

Chair: Rifat Mahbub


1-      Rehnuma Sazzad: ‘The New Veiling’: Arab Women’s Challenges to the Media

2-      Ruxandra Todosi: Challenging (In)Discretion: How Can a Symbol of Sobriety Become an Erotic Motif?

3-      Sehrish Malik: Muslim Women Veiled/Unveiled: From Orientalist Representation of the Nineteenth Century to Post 9/11 Discourse



Panel 4: East – West

(BSB large seminar room)

Chair: Amy Pressland


1-      Hiam S. Elgousi: Arab / Muslim women representation in the western media: whose reality counts?

2-      Anna Turnaturi: The absence of sexuality of Arab women in the representation of Western  media

3-      Hayatte Lakra: 9/11 to 2011 : Arab Women from victim to revolutionary

2:30 – 2:45 Coffee and tea

2:45 – 4:00


Panel 5: Cultural Products:  Music, Novels, and Poetry

(Bowland Lecture Theatre)

Chair: Iris Pai


1-      Hamad Alhazza: The Contribution of Saudi Journalist Women to  Novel Writing

2-      Kenza Oumlil: Unsettling Embodied Domination: The Writings of Suheir Hammad

3-      Yasmine Gad: Dangerous Temptations: Womanhood or Lolitas?


4:00 – 4:10 Comfort break
4:10 – 5:40 Panel 6 : Resistance and Empowerment

(Bowland Lecture Theatre)

Chair:  Sydney Calkin


1-      J. Anniina Mattsson: The Importance of Being Seen: Female Emirati self‐portraits in Flickr

2-      Nadia L. Dropkin : The Semiotics of Silences : Female (Homo)sexuality in Contemporary Cairo

3-      Aura Lounasmaa: Sexuality in Moroccan women’s rights advocacy

4-      Steven C. Koehn: The Arab Feminism of YouTube: A Joint Media and Narrative Analysis




5:40 – 5:45 End remarks and thanks
5:45 – 6:30 Wine/juice reception in the Treehouse