Body, Medicine, and Feminism: The Life Work of Nawal El Saadawi



An International Conference | April 7 & 8, 2022

Duke University | Registration:

Thursday, April 7, 2022

10 am EST (7 PST, 5 Cairo)

"Reading Nawal Zaynab's Mind in The Death of His Excellency," Shereen Abouelnaga | Cairo University

11:30 - 1:30 pm EST

• Mohamed Tonsy (U. of Edinburgh), “How Nawal El Saadawi’s Narrative Structures Liberate Text from kitabat al-jasad”

• Jessica Frazier (U. of Rhode Island), “Challenging Feminist Stereotypes: Nawal El Saadawi’s Creation of Transnational Solidarity in the1970s and 1980s” 

• L. Carspecken (Indiana U.), “Real and Imagined Lives: Immediacy, Possibility and Rebellion in the Memoirs of Nawal El Saadawi"

Friday, April 8, 2022

10-12 pm EST

• Cheryl Toman (U. of Alabama), “Reconciliation and Healing in Saadawi’s Two Women in One”

• Ibrahim Fawzy (Fayoum U., Egypt), “On Docility and Corporeality: Female Bodies as Sites of Torture and Resistance in Nawal El Saadawi's Prison Memoir”

• Asmaa Mansour (Tulane U), “Toward an Arab Woman Conocimiento: A Psycho-Sexual Political Approach to Memoirs of a Woman Doctor (1957) and Walking through Fire (2002)”

• Suja Sawafta (U. of Miami), “El Saadawi and Fanon: Towards a Medical Ethics of Socio-Political Liberation”

12:15-1:00 pm EST 

• miriam cooke (Duke U.)

• Hind Ahmed Zaki (UCONN)

Conference Sponsors: Duke University Middle East Studies Center, UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Duke Department of Asian & Middle East Studies, Association of Middle East Women’s Studies, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, UCONN Humanities Institute, The University of Alabama, Counseling and Educational Psychology (CEP), Indiana U., Bloomington, Feminist Research Collective (FRC), and UMRAN Green Perspective Foundation 


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