[P6583] Whose Narratives? Whose Classrooms? Teaching Palestine and Gender; Sexual Justice in the Age of (Corporatized) Pandemic

Created by Rabab Abdulhadi
Monday, 11/29/21 2:00 pm


This panel (to be followed by a roundtable) will include three papers that provide a textured ethnographic background to the design, development and shutting down of the September 23rd webinar and shed light on the roles, actions and strategies of different parties. Panelists will first historicize and contextualize the background of how they designed and constructed the fall 2020 two-part series on gender and sexual justice in Arab and Muslim communities with a particular focus on Palestine. They will then analyze the nuances and actions of censorship by three private technology giants, Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube, though the nuances of the actions of each Silicon Valley corporation shed light on urgent questions that lie at the heart of tech transparency, privatization, and surveillance. The papers will critically discuss the seemingly contradictory discourses of SFSU administrators who spoke from the two sides of its mouth, giving lip service to academic freedom as a public relations strategy, on one hand, while reproducing Islamophobic, Orientalist, Colonialist and Zionist discourses against scholarship, pedagogy and advocacy for justice in/for Palestine that is linked to the indivisibility of justice, on the other.


Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies (AMED), and Women and Gender Studies (WGS) at San Francisco State University (SFSU).


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Michelle Hartman

(McGill University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Rabab Abdulhadi

(San Francisco State University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Jamila Ghaddar

(University of Toronto)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Saliem Shehadeh

Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter; Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;