The In(visibility) of Race in Contemporary Arabic Writing


Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to present

Moneera Al-GhadeerMoneera Al-Ghadeer
Shawwaf Visiting Professor of Arabic and comparative literary studies

Moneera Al-Ghadeer received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on Arabic, African-American, and Francophone literature, feminist philosophy, postcolonial studies, and translation theory. Her book, Desert Voices: Bedouin Women’s Poetry in Saudi Arabia (I.B. Tauris/American University of Cairo Press, 2009), is the first theoretical analysis and English translation of Bedouin women’s oral poetry from Arabia. Currently, she is working on two manuscripts: The Anxiety of the Foreign and an edited book, Zoopoetics and the Politics of the Nonhuman. Her latest research seeks to investigate and translate the new writing in the Arabian Peninsula. Professor Al-Ghadeer has contributed to higher education by serving as the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research in the Translation and Interpreting Institute at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar (2012–2014) and as Chair of the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University (2008–2012). Professor Al-Ghadeer was formerly a professor of Arabic (2001–2010) in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She also served as Honorary Visiting Professor of Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2010–2012). She is on the advisory board of the Journal of Arabic Literature (2011–present) and served on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (2005–2010). She has published many articles, book chapters, reviews, short stories, and translations in Arabic and English. 

Light lunch will be served.

Contact: Liz Flanagan