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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
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Her-story in visual anthropology of the Middle East: Women's narratives of historical events [Commission on Anthropology of Middle East]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 15:30 - 17:15


Room 3.132

The session/s will elaborate on women's narratives, which relate to historical events/processes in the Middle East and are based on visual materials. Following Carol Hanisch's feminist claim that ""the personal is political"" (published first in February 1969) we perceive women's personal narratives (her/story) of their life experiences as reflecting broader social phenomena. Thus, we welcome presentations which elaborate on women's life stories that offer some insights regarding social and political changes through time in various societies in the Middle East. The study of social life in the Middle East by visual means can enrich anthropological knowledge in general and of this region in particular. Employing visual materials enables us to deepen our understanding of processes that have occurred in the near and distant past. It is expected that the presentations will examine women's narratives, presented by visual means, as providing unfamiliar, innovative understanding of gender issues, such as the role of women in historical events, their unrecognized contribution to their societies, etc. Hence, the use of documentary films, photographs, posters, albums, advertisements and other means of data collecting that are connected to women's narratives are welcome as a basis for discussing gender issues in a way that portrays present and past events and combines the artistic and sociological. The presentations can reveal, demonstrate and unveil the role of cultural codes and symbols in constructing the cultural and political reproduction of patriarchal social order. They can discuss historical events and processes in which women played a major role and more.


  • P 57.1
    • Prof. Hertzog, Esther (Zefat Academic College)
    • Dr. Chrysocheri, Eirini (University of London)

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The summer 2011 social protest movement in Israel was part of a wave of protest which had begun in the Arab countries and spread elsewhere. , two elements stood out: one was that this was a protest of the younger generation. The second was the involvement of women, both as participants and as leaders, even in the non-democratic countries. It appears that as leaders, the women embodied the demand f ... More
Presented by Dr. Dalia Liran ALPER on 29/8/2019 at 13:50
Performing in a site where my body is forbidden for being female was not a new territory in my work. I was on my way to Ūrāmān Takht in Kurdistan- a few kilometers from Iraq border- filming Darwish-men (Sufis) in a Pir-Shaliar ceremony, through the lens of a female filmmaker entering a space where women are not permitted. This time, I had everything planned so precise that 'failing' never occur ... More
Presented by Maryam TAFAKORY on 29/8/2019 at 15:30
My presentation will describe the ongoing relationships between Ibtisam Mahameed and myself along two decades. Using visual materials such as pictures and videos I shall elaborate on the unique friendship between the two of us, a Jewish and an Arab woman, who profoundly respect and love each other and are deeply involved in promoting women's rights and peace endeavours in Israel. On the backgrou ... More
Presented by Prof. Esther HERTZOG on 29/8/2019 at 16:50
This paper focuses on the Greek community of Alexandria in Egypt, a socially- and territorially- bounded diaspora entity. The aim is to explore culturally defined concepts of identity and space among Greek Alexandrians, particularly in relation to the major social, political and economic events that followed Nasser's revolution of 1952 and brought about significant social and spatial transformatio ... More
Presented by Dr. Eirini CHRYSOCHERI on 29/8/2019 at 16:10
The Art of a woman, the story of a Nation: how Zionist ideology is reflected in the works of Bracha Levi Avigad This paper examines three artistic projects of the Israeli artist Brach Levi Avigad (1919-2006), a Jewish woman born and brought up in pre-World War II Germany who immigrated to pre-state Israel in 1935. Her works will be discussed in relation to prominent historical events in the Z ... More
Presented by Dr. Shahar MARNIN-DISTELFELD on 29/8/2019 at 16:30
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