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





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