MENA Women

From Street Protest to Online Activism

 

22-23 March 2018 

First Day
Thursday, March 22, 2018
9:00 am-6:00 pm
William Doo Auditorium
New College, University of Toronto, St George Campus
45 Willcocks, Toronto, ON M5S 2H3
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Second Day
Friday, March 23, 2018
9:00 am-6:00 pm
The Council Chambers
(Room 3130 William G. Davis Building)
University of Toronto, Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
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Free - Open to the Public
Free - Open to the Public

 ABOUT

In the last decade, and specially after Iran’s Green Movement and the Arab Uprisings, women in the Middle East and North African (MENA) have established extensive online networks of transnational advocacy as well as virtual “civil societies” in order to exchange ideas, share information, garner international grass roots support for their cause and to re-imagine and rebuild social movements in their respective countries.

By gathering leading international researchers, feminists, activists, gender rights advocates, artists, public intellectuals and media, this interdisciplinary conference will examine how MENA women are making use of the social web and explore new possibilities of mass networking, and meanwhile attend to increasing threats of surveillance and censorship.  More  

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SCHEDULE

 SPEAKERS

Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani

Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani

Conference Chair Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

Niki Akhavan

Niki Akhavan

Assistant Professor of Media and Communication Studies, the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

Hande Eslen-Ziya

Hande Eslen-Ziya

University of Brighton, School of Applied Social Sciences, Research Fellow

Elham Gheytanchi

Elham Gheytanchi

Associate Faculty, Sociology, Santa Monica College

Amel Grami

Amel Grami

Professor of Gender Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Manouba,Tunisia

Kübra Gümüşay

Kübra Gümüşay

Journalist, Public Speaker, Award Winning Activist and Blogger, Hamburg‌, Germany

Homa Hoodfar

Homa Hoodfar

Professor of Anthropology, Emerita,Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Simin Kargar

Simin Kargar

Human Rights Lawyer, Technology and Human Rights Researcher, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard

Mariam Karim

Mariam Karim

PhD candidate at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto ‌

Sahar Khamis

Sahar Khamis

Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland

Safaneh M. Neyshabouri

Safaneh M. Neyshabouri

PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies

Victoria Newsom

Victoria Newsom

Professor of Communication Studies at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington

Babak Rahimi

Babak Rahimi

Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Religion, University of California San Diego

Sima Shakhsari

Sima Shakhsari

Assistant Professor Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Minnesota

Loubna H. Skalli

Loubna H. Skalli

Teaching at the University of California Washington Center, Washington D.C.

Mona Tajali

Mona Tajali

Assistant Professor of International Relations and Women’s Studies at Agnes Scott College in Georgia

 

SPONSORS

Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto
Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga​
Women and Gender Studies Program, University of Toronto Mississauga
New College Initiatives fund (NCIF), University of Toronto
UTM Dean's Graduate Expansion Fund
 
 

Organizers 

Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto
Conference Chair
Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani
PhD student at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Communications Coordinator
Mariam Karim
Master of Public Health Candidate in Health Promotion at the University of Toronto
Operations Coordinator
Megan Saad
Master's Graduate from the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto
Social Media Coordinator
Khursheed Sadat
Public relations professional invested in elevating ideas creatively
Public Relations Coordinator
Skaidra Puodziunas
Third-year Student at the University of Toronto
Volunteer
Dahlia Habtom
Student at the University of Toronto
Volunteer
Krista Ferrari
2nd Year Student at the University of Toronto, Major in Criminology & Sociology
Volunteer
Kajaani Sivarajah

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