Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Guests of BJ: A conference in honor of Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Sat, October 17, 2009 | AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.302)

5:00 PM

Elizabeth FerneaElizabeth Warnock Fernea (1927–2008)—“BJ” to those who knew her—was a prolific educator, author, and filmmaker whose work was a pioneering effort to bring the discussion of gender, politics, and culture in the Middle East/North Africa region to a much larger audience.

She served on the faculty of UT’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Department of English for over three decades, was appointed the first chair of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and was the first woman elected president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).

Her passionate dedication to her interests and her tireless teaching and mentoring influenced generations of scholars and students. In her memory and honor, the University of Texas is holding a three day conference on gender, politics, and culture, featuring selected panels of colleagues, friends, and former students.

The conference poster may be downloaded here.

The Preliminary Conference Program may be downloaded here.

Thursday Evening:
Keynote Event featuring Samia Mehrez
and Caroline Williams, 5:00 PM

Panels 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Evening Keynote Address by Emily Apter, 5:00 PM
(in conjunction with the “Postcolonial
Actualities: Past and Present” conference)

Panel: 9:30 AM
Roundtable and Open Mic: 1:30 PM

Confirmed speakers include:

Basima Bezirgan (University of Chicago Libraries, retired)
Mary Ann Bruni (independent filmmaker)
Amal Chagumoum (University of Virginia)
Mounira Maya Charrad (University of Texas at Austin
Deborah Kapchan (New York University)
Khaled Mattawa (University of Michigan)
Samia Mehrez (American University in Cairo)
Maysoon Pachachi (Oxymoron Films, UK)
Martina Rieker (American University in Cairo)
Yaron Shemer (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Ted Swedenburg (University of Arkansas)
Keith Walters (Portland State University)
Sabra Webber (Ohio State University)
Caroline Williams (College of William and Mary)

and Robert A. Fernea (University of Texas at Austin, emeritus)

Sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the South Asia Institute.

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