The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University invites you to a book talk, Muslim Women and White Femininity: Reenactment and Resistance, by Dr. Haneen Ghabra. RSVP Here.
Dr. Haneen Ghabra is an Assistant Professor at Kuwait University’s Department of Mass Communication and author of the book, Muslim Women and White Femininity: Reenactment and Resistance (2018). She has won top paper awards numerous times. Recently, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Article of the Year Award, at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Feminist Division (November 2018). Her specialization includes Rhetoric and Cultural Studies with a focus on Muslim Women and Intersectionality. She also explores hegemonic narratives (especially of Whiteness) via text, images and bodies and how they are embodied by Women of Color and Third World Women.
Dr. Ghabra will discuss Muslim women’s performances and embodiment of White femininity. She specifically focuses on how Whiteness travels globally through Muslim bodies and subjects who speak the language of the imperialist and not the vernacular. This language of the imperialist is also the language of heteronormativity, class, and educational privilege. These intersections are not stand-alone categories but instead seep into one another in the service of Whiteness. She performs an archetypal criticism, a method that examines controlling archetypes emerging from the Western Media: The Oppressed, The Advocate, and the Humanitarian Leader. She concludes by offering further directions for understanding and naming moments when marginalized persons embody privileged identities.