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Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar
New Texts Out Now: Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar, We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War
Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar, editors, We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Nadje Al-Ali and Deborah Al-Najjar (NA and DA): The idea for this book first emerged in 2006, when Iraqis were generally portrayed either as passive victims or as perpetrators of horrific violence. In the midst of an ongoing humanitarian crisis and the violence, destruction, killings, ...Keep Reading »
Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of 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. Her publications include What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009, University of California Press, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007, Zed Books); New Approaches to Migration (ed., Routledge, 2002, with Khalid Koser); Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2000) and Gender Writing–Writing Gender (The American University in Cairo Press, 1994) as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her most recent book (co-edited with Nicola Pratt) is entitled Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (Zed Books, 2009). Professor Al-Ali has recently been elected to the Middle East Studies Association (MESA)'s Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Feminist Review Collective and a founding member of Act Together: Women’s Action for Iraq.
Deborah Al-Najjar is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. “Around 1991: Performing Iraq and Militarized Masculinities” reads the cultural imaginary through literatures (novels, plays, performances, archives) from 1950s to the present. She has served as student representative for the Asian American Studies Committee, the Gender Studies Advisory Board, and graduate admissions at USC. In the 1990s, Al-Najjar served as a committee member of the Arab American Arts Council and the Board of ACCESS. Before coming to Los Angeles, she worked on the library committee of the Arab American National Museum (AANM) and served as an officer for Radius of Arab American Writers, Inc. (RAWI) from 2005-2007. She taught as a faculty member for the English division at Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan from 2001-2007.
"There is no neutral ground to stand on, and any space for critical distance has narrowed. The stakes are enormous; differences of perspective now feed into matters of life and death... Nuance invites accusations of complicity. To evoke a perception is to be associated with it."click | email | tweet