This panel presentation and discussion highlights the intersections of environmental transformations, politics, and cultures in the contemporary Middle East. Five invited scholars will present insights from their ethnographic research on the roles played by water, science, bread, minerals, seeds, waste, land, and animals in people’s everyday life and in the region’s broader politics and economies. Panelists will foreground the important contributions of an anthropological and interdisciplinary approach to the study of changing ecology, infrastructure, resources and food politics in the region and beyond. The panelists’ presentation will be followed by questions and discussion with the audience.
Jessica Barnes, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina
Tessa Farmer, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia
Simone Popperl, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at University of California Irvine
Kali Rubaii, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bard College
Sponsored by the Lamont Lecture Fund, the Dean’s Office, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Department of Anthropology/Sociology, the Department of Environmental Studies, and the Department ofPolitical Science
Dr. Shalaby is a specialist on women’s parliamentary representation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Her talk will focus on why the Arab region still has some of the lowest rates of women’s political representation in the world (17 percent). She finds little to no scholarly attention investigates how the politics of authoritarianism shape women’s numerical presence in national legislatures and, more precisely, their legislative behavior and policy priorities once in office. The talk will shed light on these legislative behaviors while highlighting the dynamics of women’s participation and activities in legislative committees across the MENA region.
Dr. Marwa M. Shalaby is the Fellow for the Middle East and Director of Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, Rice University, Texas. Her research is in the field of comparative politics and research methodology, with a concentration on Middle Eastern politics, gender politics and democratization. Her ongoing research investigates the dynamics of female political representation in the MENA region. She is the PI for the Governance and Elections in the Middle East Project (GEMEP) and she has published extensively on the topic. Her research is supported by the Women's Rights in the Middle East Endowment, the Boniuk Institute, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy (AUB) and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Her book, The Evolving Role of Women after the Arab Spring, co-edited with Valentine Moghadam, is published with Palgrave Macmillan. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript investigating the impact of authoritarianism on shaping women’s access to political power in the Arab world.