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.