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Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt


New Texts Out Now: Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt, Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance

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Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt, editors, Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World. London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt (MES/LM/NP): The book emerged initially out of a three-year project between the University of Warwick Centre for the Study of Women and Gender and Birzeit University Institute of Women’s Studies, funded by the British ...

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Maha El Said, Lena Meari, and Nicola Pratt


Maha El Said is Professor of American Studies at the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. She has written and published on Arab American writings, gender, creative writing, popular culture, and the impact of new technologies on literature. Professor El Said is the executive director of the newly formed anti-harassment unit at Cairo University. She has given public lectures for the United Nations Arabic Program in New York and “New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival” at Yale, amongst others. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar for the academic year 2003/2004 at University of California at Berkeley, where she researched the development of the Spoken Word as political expression.

Lena Meari is an assistant professor at the department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Palestine. She has a special interest in knowledge production, decolonized methodologies, revolutionary movements, and anticolonial feminism. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California at Davis. Her dissertation, entitled “Sumud: A Philosophy of Confronting Interrogation,” investigates the transforming colonial relations in colonized Palestine from the perspective of the interrogation-encounter. Her publications include Sumud: A Palestinian Philosophy of Confrontation in Colonial Prisons” (South Atlantic Quarterly, 2014) and “Reconsidering Trauma: Towards a Palestinian Community Psychology” (Journal of Community Psychology, 2015).

Nicola Pratt is Reader of the International Politics of the Middle East at the University of Warwick, UK. She is particularly interested in feminist approaches as well as “politics from below.” Her work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, and Review of International Studies, amongst others. She is co-author (with Nadje Al-Ali) of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (California, 2009) and co-editor with Al-Ali of Women and War in the Middle East (Zed, 2009), as well as co-editor with Sophie Richter-Devroe of Gender, Governance, and International Security (Routledge, 2013). In 2013-2014, she held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, researching the history of women’s activism in Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, which she is currently writing up into a book.