The Center for Gender and Development Studies is honored to host Dr. Andrea Zittlau, a scholar, a poet, and a performance artist, who will be at AUIS from September 14-26, 2018. Dr. Zittlau received an Academic Gender Development grant to participate in CGDS activities, including providing guest lectures in gender minor classes and offering a creative writing workshop. She will also work with community organizations such as RASAN, as well as conduct workshops at IDP/refugee camps. Since October 2005, she has served as assistant professor at the Department for North American Studies at the University of Rostock, Germany, where she also served, until 2015, as Coordinator of the graduate school “Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship.” Her many publications focus on gender, disability studies, cultural studies, and ethnography among others; her teaching record is also extensive and wide-ranging. With photographer Emiliano Leonardi, she publishes and performs internationally. Most recently, she performed “The Paper Dress” in Rome.
The Center for Gender and Development Studies at AUIS is pleased to announce that Dr. Lynn Rose, Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, will present “Kurdish Medea: Gender, Humanities, and the Arts” at the Fifth International Conference on Arts and Humanities, 27-28 September 2018, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The theme of the conference is “Arts and humanities as visionary practices in a changing world.” Rose’s paper deals with the 2017 CGDS launch of an interdisciplinary minor in gender studies, the first—and to date the only—gender studies minor in Iraq. Specifically, she will discuss “Women and Gender in Ancient Greece,” one of the first courses to be taught as part of the minor. Central to this class was noted Kurdish artist Ismail Khayat’s instruction on the theory of masks and the practice of mask-making. This resulted in the students crafting masks for their roles in the Medea, portions of which they performed in class.
AMICAL met for its fifteenth year at the American University of Central Asia in Baku, Kyrgyzstan, May 4-7, 2018. The theme, “International liberal arts in a digital era: reimagining a shared vision for libraries, technology and learning,” was presented by librarians, IT directors, and faculty from a wide range of American universities, including the American Universities of Beirut, Cairo, Nigeria, and Paris, among others. Fifty speakers and two keynote speakers gave talks, facilitated discussions, and presented poster sessions for 105 attendees. In addition to the academic sessions, cultural sessions included city tours, meals at local venues, and a demonstration of yurt assemblage along with the recitation of traditional oral poetry.
The Center for Gender and Development Studies is pleased to announce the most recent publication of Dr. Lynn Rose: “The Courage of Subordination: Women and Intellectual Disability in the Ancient Greek World,” in The Routledge History of Disability, ed. Roy Hanes, Ivan Brown, and Nancy E. Hansen (London and New York: Routledge, 2018), pages 35-47.
The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) at AUIS in partnership with the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE will hold a bridge-building workshop on April 16th, between 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM at AUIS. CGDS collected data on the funding interests and priorities of regional and international agencies in the context of the war against ISIS. This is part of an ESRC funded network on Gender Violence Across War and Peace. This workshop aims to facilitate a dialogue between the NGOs and funders in the region to further improve the quality of their partnership and their work on the ground.
AUIS Communications and Outreach Manager Hana Saida spoke as a panelist and presented work conducted by AUIS’s Center for Gender and Development Studies.
Around the world, naming culture generally follows the paternal line of lineage, especially in societies where “son of” is a common surname. To honor maternal lineage and “Express the Other,” faculty and staff were encouraged to change their last names on the signs outside their office to reflect their mother’s names. This initiative was inspired by a short video produced by AUIS student Zhiwar Jawhar as a final project for the Gender, Media and Society course. CGDS also encouraged AUIS students to take part in the #ExpressTheOther by giving them the opportunity to write their names and their mother’s name on three canvases in the cafeteria. Each student was given a purple balloon. Within two hours, students filled the three canvases with their names.
Paintings by local artists Narmin Mustafa and Avan Sdiq were on display for auction, writer and AUIS Lecturer Alex Poppe read an excerpt from her upcoming book, Room 308. Guests were also treated to an exceptional musical performance by the AUIS Music Club. The auction was a great success, raising over $2,000 for the artists.
The Center for Gender and Development Studies at AUIS is starting a CGDS cinema. The movies will be gender related and shown on a bi-weekly basis.