A Feminist Survival Guide to Seattle
When: Wednesday, May 13th, 7PM
Where: UW Campus, Kane Hall, Room 210
Feminist scholar, Nadine Naber, brings anti-imperialist Arab feminist activism into conversation with transnational and women of color feminist scholarship that has established that the US war on terror developed more broadly through the restructuring of US domestic and foreign policy. This restructuring entailed an expansion of the conjoined heteropatriarchal, racist, and classist structures of the prison industrial complex (PIC) and the military industrial complex MIC. The lecture will focus on anti-imperialist Arab feminist activism within three periods of heightened political crisis for people of the Arab region: the second Palestinian intifada at the turn of the twenty-first century; the Arab spring revolutions of 2011; and the attacks on Arab American social movements of 2014-15. These periods provide important lessons for feminist scholars and activists working to craft strategies for confronting the heteropatriarchal forces of colonialism, war and racism and internal communal and familial forms of gender violence simultaneously. They also illustrate the need for furthering feminist research and practice that can account for political struggles that go beyond the territories of nation-states and are not bound by them. For instance, anti-imperialist feminist activism calls upon us to hold the sexist underpinnings of Israeli occupation or the US war on Iraq and the targeting of Palestinian feminists such as Rasmea Odeh in the US within the same spatial-temporal frame–without erasing the asymmetry in the balance of powers between women facing the bombs and the bulldozers in the Arab region and those who have been forced to belong to diasporas of empire in the US.