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Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, teaches anthropology and gender studies at Columbia University where she also directs the Center for the Study of Social Difference and the Middle East Institute. Her scholarship, strongly ethnographic, focuses on three broad issues: the relationship between cultural forms and power; the politics of knowledge and representation of the Muslim world; and the dynamics of gender and the question of human and women’s rights in the Middle East.  Her award-winning books include Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society; Writing Women’s Worlds: Bedouin Stories; Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East; Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt, and Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory. A leading voice in the debates about gender, Islam, and global feminist politics, her books and articles have been translated into 13 languages. Her research has been supported by many foundations including Carnegie, Guggenheim, SSRC and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her forthcoming book, “Saving Muslim Women” will be published next year by Harvard University Press.

Maya Mikdashi is a PhD candidate at Columbia University's Department of Anthropology and Co-Director of the documentary film About Baghdad. Maya is currently Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies at the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. She  is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a feminist-activist, an associate Professor at the Faculty of Law - Institute of Criminology and School of Social Work and Public Welfare, Hebrew University, and the director of the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel, Haifa.  Her main fields of research include gendered violence, crimes of abuse of power, surveillance, securitization and social control, and trauma and recovery in militarized zones.  Her latest book, Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian case-study, was published by Cambridge University Press (2010). Among her latest journal articles are “E-Resistance and Technological In/Security in Everyday Life,” British Journal of Criminology (2011); and “The Grammar of Rights in Colonial Contexts: The Case of Palestinian Women in Israel,” Middle East Law and Governance (2012).

Suhad Daher-Nashif is a lecturer, researcher and the evaluation unit director at Al-Qasimi College for Education. She is also a lecturer and researcher at Oranim College for Education, and the coordinator of the Gender Studies Program at Mada Al-Carmel Haifa. She completed her PhD in social-medical Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, writing her dissertation on “The Social-political Practices on the Dead Palestinian Body: the Case of the Palestinian Forensic Medicine Institute.” Her main researches focus on practices of death, social-political structures of institutions, evaluating educational programs, interventions and projects; her current work focuses on the interrelationship between society, religion and institution through teachers’ coping with students’ death. Her publications include “Historical-Contextual Developments of the Palestinian Forensic Medicine System,” Israeli Medicine and Law Journal (2010). 

Nehad Khader is an educator, an artist, and art curator. She earned her masters in Arab Studies from Georgetown University with a focus on art movements in the Arab world. Nehad is board member and programming committee chair of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival and is a contributor to the online magazine thisthatSAID

Christina Nesheiwat is currently a Fulbright researcher in Amman, Jordan studying curriculum development for survivors of gender-based violence. Prior to the Fulbright Program, Christina worked as a social services coordinator for the Arab Cultural and Community Center in San Francisco, CA providing support to monolingual survivors of trafficking and domestic violence. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she was awarded the Center for Middle Eastern Studies' Afaf Kanafani prize for her research on gender equity in the Jordanian legal system.

DAM is a Palestinian rap group. It is composed of Tamer Nafar, 27, his younger brother Suhell, 23, and Mahmoud Jreri, 24. 

Jamil Khader is Professor of English and Director of the Gender Studies Program at Stetson University. He is the author of numerous articles on postcolonial women writers, cosmopolitanism, and popular culture. He is also the author of Cartographies of Transnationalism in Postcolonial Feminisms: Geography, Culture, Identity, Politics (Lexington Books 2012) and is the co-editor, with Molly Rothenberg, of a collection of essays on the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek, entitled, Žižek Now: Current Perspectives in Žižek Studies (Polity 2013).