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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




FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIES SPECIAL ISSUE- From Veiling to Blogging: Women and Media in the Middle East

29 Mar

Possibly of interest to AWMS delegates and attendees:



From Veiling to Blogging: Women and Media in the Middle East

Edited by Nahed Eltantawy
Vol. 13, No.5, November 2013

Middle Eastern women have traditionally been viewed as weak and submissive, passively accepting male authority and leadership rather than seeking leadership for themselves.  From Edward Said’s Orientalism to Lila Abu-Lughod’s “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?” women of the Middle East have been portrayed as helpless creatures who are often hidden behind the veil, quietly waiting to be liberated.
Recent democratic movements in the Middle East, popularly grouped together under the banner of the “Arab Spring,” signal the rise of a new kind of political activism across the region, made possible, in large part, by the now widespread use of social media. The world has witnessed millions across Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and Syria as they have marched to the squares and told their stories of life under repressive political regimes. How have women been involved in these events? What are their experiences and stories? In addition to the more widely known stories of political demonstrations in the region, there have also been more localized events, such as the women-led driving protests in Saudi Arabia, that suggest that there are many stories still to be told to unveil the realities of women’s experiences in the Middle East. In what ways have women utilized media, including social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging, for both personal and political expression and have these platforms contributed to the democratization of women’s lives?
This special issue seeks manuscripts that focus on Middle East women and their relationship with the media old and new – how women are portrayed, how and why women utilize media and technology, and women’s media production.
Topics of interest in relation to Middle East women and the media include but are not limited to:

Ÿ  Media portrayals of women
Ÿ  Women’s use of  social media
Ÿ  Women’s utilization of media to promote  the “Arab Spring” revolutions
Ÿ  Women and cyberactivism
Ÿ  Women’s use of media (old and new) for self expression and identification
Ÿ  Women’s utilization of media for empowerment
Ÿ  Women’s media production

Please submit a 350-word abstract to Dr Nahed Eltantawy at: by no later than May 1, 2012.

For more information and the full CFP, please refer to the Feminist Media Studies website:

Abstract submissions closed

16 Dec

Season’s greetings to one and all. The term is winding down but we are busy busy busy! We have received a fantastic volume of interest in the conference and a brilliant collection of abstracts from all over the world: Turkey, Morocco, the UK, Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, Canada, the United States, Portugal, and many many more. It’s wonderful knowing that this important topic is being researched across the world and by scholars and practitioners from different disciplines.

But for now, we are just writing to announce that the deadline for abstract submissions has elapsed and we will no longer be accepting abstracts for consideration for the Arab Women, Media, and Sexuality conference. With this we extend a warm invitation to interested academics and practitioners to attend and join us on the day of the conference, the 26th of May. Registration for the conference will open in early 2012 and will be announced here on the blog, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy holidays, everyone!



Conference Wordle

14 Sep

Couldn’t find an image to fully represent what the conference hopes to cover, so now we have a wordle instead! — based on the call for papers:


Check out to create your own.