Keynote Address by miriam cooke, Duke University, at 5:00 pm.
Reception to follow at 6:30 pm, with music by Fathi Al-Jarrah.
Day 1 of the Near Eastern Studies Graduate Student Conference
Hard Times: Critical Approaches to Crisis and its Aftermath
miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. She serves on several international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. She teaches Arabic language and a wide variety of courses on Arabic literature, war and gender, the Palestine-Israel conflict, postcolonial theory. She has directed several study abroad courses in Morocco, Tunisia, Cairo and Istanbul. Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers constructions of Islamic feminism. Her more recent interests have turned to Arab cultural studies with a concentration on Syria, and to the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world.