[P6304] Mediations and Interpretations of Memory

Created by Nancy E. Gallagher
Thursday, 12/02/21 2:00 pm


This panel will critically examine the dilemmas of oral history in Middle East feminist studies. The epistemology of feminist scholarship is not only linked to specific theoretical and methodological approaches, but also political and ethical positionings. What makes oral history feminist as opposed to oral history in general?
Are feminist scholars engaged in oral history particularly interested in diagnosing but also transforming intersectional power inequalities? The oral historian, for example, might facilitate a situation in which they ask the interviewee to narrate their life story. But isn’t the interview actually interactional? And if so, where is the oral historian in that process? If they are committed to a particular theoretical framework or methodology and are engaged in praxis, is it authentic to be or do otherwise than be themselves? And what is “authentic” and are there contradictions in the oral history interview/dialogue process?
The panelists will illustrate their remarks with examples and personal stories drawn from their years of working in this rich but perplexing and contradictory field of inquiry. The goal is to further our understanding of the evolution and roles of oral history in the development of Middle East feminist studies.


Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS)


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Nancy E. Gallagher

(University of California, Santa Barbara)
(University of California, Santa Barbara) Nancy Gallagher is a Professor Emerita of History, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she was chair of Middle East Studies and co-editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS)....
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Sondra Hale

(University of California, Los Angeles)
Sondra Hale, Research Professor and Professor Emerita, Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has co-directed UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies; co-edited The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies ([JMEWS];...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Nadje Al-Ali

(Brown University)
Nadje Al-Ali is Robert Family Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies at Brown University with a joint position in the Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs and the anthropology department....
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Hoda Elsadda

(Cairo University)
Hoda Elsadda is a feminist activist, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University, and Chair of the Board of the Women and Memory Forum (www.wmf.org.eg) . She previously held a Chair in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World at...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Helen M. Rizzo

(American University in Cairo)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Discussant;

Janice Boddy

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