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Rania Jawad


Barbara Harlow and the Necessity of ‘Renewed Histories of the Future’

[Mural of Ghassan Kanafani at the entrance to Bethlehem. Image via]

[Editors’ Note: This essay will appear in Volume 13:3 of the Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, a themed issue on the gender and sexuality of borders and margins, in November 2017. It was first posted on the JMEWS website, and is reposted here with permission of the author and the journal’s editors.] Barbara Harlow’s commitment to struggles for liberation and justice was always at the same time a commitment to academic inquiry. She entwined them and located ...

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Francois Abu Salem

[Francois Abu Salem. Photo via the author.]

François Abu Salem passed away on 1 October 2011, taking his own life in what one Palestinian theatre artist described as “his last bow.” His death has instigated numerous discussions among the cultural community in Palestine on the alienation of artists from society at large and within the theatre world itself in Palestine, the role of theatre in social and national struggle, and the debate on who is a Palestinian. While the substance of François’ contribution to the ...

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Narrating the Past, Confronting the Present

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The Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh. Directed by Dahna Abourahme. Lebanon, 2010 Could I do today what I was able to do then, questions Nadia, one of the women in Dahna Abourahme’s latest documentary film The Kingdom of Women: Ein El Hilweh. Based on stories of the women of Ein El Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in South Lebanon, between 1982-4 during the Israeli invasion and the imprisonment of the majority of the male population (those between the ages of 14-60), the ...

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Rania Jawad


Rania Jawad is assistant professor and current chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at Birzeit University. She writes on performance politics in Palestine, Arab theatre, and cultural politics in colonial contexts. Her book project “The Art of the Real” considers the violence of settler colonialism in relation to constructions of the “real” in Palestine.