Media Fellow, Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence
Nafeesa Syeed is an award-winning multimedia journalist with a decade of full-time experience on four continents in spot news and enterprise reporting, editing and producing. She works as a National Security Reporter for Bloomberg News based in Washington, D.C. Nafeesa has held positions at the Dubai Bureau and Al Jazeera America. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature from The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a B.A. in Arabic and Government from Georgetown University.
Media Fellow, Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence
Samira Shackle is a freelance British journalist, writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender. Samira writes for The New Statesman, The Guardian, The Times, Vice, and many others. She has won multiple awards for her reporting and often sits on panels, generally discussing issues relating to international development, Islam, feminism, and terrorism. Samira has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.
Department of Politics and International Studies, The Open University
Leticia Sabsay is a Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Studies at The Open University. Her appointment is part of the ‘Oecumene - Citizenship after Orientalism’ ERC project. Her areas of specialism encompass: critical social theory; feminist cultural and visual studies; and queer theory. Prior to taking on this role she studied sociology, and subsequently became Assistant Professor of Communications, at the University of Buenos Aires before leaving Argentina in 2002.
Associate Professor in Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, Rutger's
How to understand the complicities and cross-fertilizations of the discursive regimes of war and terror and neoliberal globalization? What are the gendered spaces in which states and neoliberal economic forces interest to produce gendered subjectivities, desires and agency? How does this interplay of classed, racialized and gendered forces create marginalization and subordination but also spaces for participation and contention ?
Transitional Justice Officer, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)
Ms. Yara Sallam is the Transitional Justice officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). Yara previously worked as the Women Human Rights Defenders Program director at Nazra for Feminist Studies (Egypt), a professional legal assistant at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in The Gambia, as a researcher on Freedom of Religion and Belief at EIPR, and as a research assistant at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) focusing on women’s rights in Egypt. Yara earned two degrees of law (LL.B) – a Licence of Law from Cairo University in Egypt and Maîtrise of Commercial Law from Paris I University Pantheon Sorbonne in France in 2007. She has also been awarded a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in International Human Rights Law at the Law School of Notre Dame University, the United States of America (2010).
Assistant Professor of English, City University of New York
Rebecca Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University and a member of the MLA’s Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession. Her research interests include transatlantic modernism, Deaf and disability studies and poetics. She is currently working on a book project entitled Deafening Modernism, which analyzes the impact of communicative norms on twentieth century writing.
Smt. P. N. Doshi Women’s College of Arts
Abhay Sardesai has been the Editor of ART India, the premier art magazine of India, since November 2002. Under his editorship, the magazine has developed a Culture Studies-oriented approach and has become more inter-disciplinary in its theme-based explorations. He has been a Visiting Faculty in Aesthetics at the Department of English, University of Mumbai, and has also been the Chair of Humanities, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture, Mumbai. He teaches at the Smt. P. N. Doshi Women’s College of Arts and also at various other institutions like Jnanapravaha and TISS.
Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
Barbara D. Savage is Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1995. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in twentieth century African American history; the history of American religious and social reform movements; and the history of the relationship between media and politics.
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
Asma Sayeed is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at UCLA in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Her primary research interests are in early and classical Muslim social history, the intersections of law and social history, gender, and the history of Muslim education. Her book, Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam (Cambridge University Press) analyses Muslim women’s religious education, specifically their transmission of ḥadīth from the rise of Islam to the early Ottoman period.
Associate Professor of Law and Director, Disability Rights Clinic, Syracuse University College of Law
Michael Schwartz, a deaf lawyer, is an associate professor of law and has been the director of the Disability Rights Clinic in the Office of Clinical Legal Education at the Syracuse University College of Law since August 2004. Schwartz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. He then joined the National Theater of the Deaf and toured the United States as D’Artagnan in Dumas’s The Three Musketeers.
Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Town
Working at the intersection of Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, Dr Shaikh has an interest in Sufism and its implications for Islamic feminism and feminist theory. Her book Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ʿArabī, Gender and Sexuality is published by the University of North Carolina Press (2012). Her other areas of research cover issues of gender violence; feminist approaches to hadith and Quran; contraception and abortion; theoretical debates on Islam and feminism; Engaged Sufism and empirical research on South African Muslim women.
Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law, Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a longtime anti-violence, native Palestinian feminist activist and scholar. She is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Kalpana Sharma is a Mumbai-based independent journalist, columnist and media consultant who writes for English language and Indian language publications in India. Until recently, she was Deputy Editor with The Hindu, one of India's leading English language dailies. Her special areas of interest are environmental and developmental issues and gender. She has written three books: Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia's Largest Slum (Penguin 2000), Whose News?
Surabhi Sharma is a filmmaker. She studied film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, and made her first film in 2001. She completed a BA in Anthropology and Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University. Her films have been screened and awarded at various international and national festivals. She has also directed and scripted fiction films and Science Programming for children. Beyond this Surabhi Sharma is a guest lecturer at the National Institute of Design and at the Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Science.
V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor, Professor of English and Art and Design, University of Michigan
Tobin Siebers is V. L. Parrington Collegiate Professor, Professor of English and Art and Design at the University of Michigan. He has been a fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows and the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation and a Visiting Scholar at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York
Irina Carlota (Lotti) Silber received her PhD from NYU and is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the City College of New York (CCNY) in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, which is housed at the Center for Worker Education. She is also the Director of the MA Program in the Study of the Americas. She is the recipient of various dissertation fellowships (i.e.
Emiritus Professor of Economics, Hofstra University
Bertram Silverman is a professor of economics emeritus and former director of the Center for the Study of Labor and Democracy at Hosftra University. He has worked as a trade union economist and has organized and directed a joint university-trade union college degree program for working adults. Silverman has written about labor problems in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. He is editor of Man and Socialism in Cuba: The Great Debate and co-editor with Murray Yanowitch of The Worker in “Post-Industrial” Capitalism; Labor and Democracy in the Tran
Simpreet Singh is an Indian activist who since quitting his career as a successful engineer, has worked relentlessly on exposing housing scams and corruption in the city of Mumbai, where slum-dwellers are being evicted, in many cases unfairly, to make way for upmarket developments.
Professor of Sociology, Boğaziçi University
Professor of Sociology at Bogazici University. She received a Bachelor of Artsand PhD at the University College of London in 1976 and 1988 respectively. Dr. Sirman’s areas of interest include gender, family and kinship, postcolonial societies, interpretive methods.
Professor Emeritus of History, University of Michigan
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg is the Mary Frances Berry Collegiate Professor of History, Women's Studies and American Culture, University of Michigan, Emerita. The author of several books and more than 40 essays on American history and culture and women's history, she has twice received the Binkley-Stephenson Award for best article in the Journal of American History. Her most recent book is This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity (2010).
Professor, Dr. B. Ambedkar Marathwada University
She is Professor in Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, School of Development Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Director of Tarabai Shinde Women's Studies Center. She was a graduate in Mathematics, Economics at the University of Cambridge and recieved a Ph.D. in the Department of Economics at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.
Associate Professor, English Department, Université François-Rabelais-Tours, France
Dr. Soumahoro is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the Université François-Rabelais-Tours, France. She has been a visiting lecturer in Africana Studies at Barnard College and at the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University (New York). She received her PhD magna cum laude from the English Department of the Université de Tours Francois-Rabelais (France). She has also been a Visiting Scholar in the History Department and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University.
Visiting Professor of Oral History, Columbia
Leo Spitzer is the Vernon Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College.
Having worked on their obsessions in parallel worlds for several years, Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava joined forces through their blog airoots/eirut in 2006. They have since written extensively on urban themes and engaged in projects involving planning, pedagogy, technology and activism. They are the co-directors of the Institute of Urbanology, which has offices in Mumbai and Goa (India).
Distinguished Professor of Music, CUNY Graduate Center
Joseph Straus is Distinguished Professor of Music at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books and articles on topics in twentieth-century music, including Twelve-Tone Music in America (2009), Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory (3rd ed., 2004), Stravinsky's Late Music (2001), The Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger (1995), and Remaking the Past: Musical Modernism and the Influence of the Tonal Tradition (1990).
Professor and Chair, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and Co-Director of the Visual Culture Program, NYU
Marita Sturken is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she teaches courses in visual culture, cultural memory, and consumerism.
Associate Professor of History, Fordham University
My research interests center on the social and cultural history of the U.S. since World War II, but I have also written on the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras. My focus is the intersections among gender, cultural, and labor and economic history. I have a strong background in U.S. visual and popular culture as well, and have recently been teaching the history of American photography. My training is in American Studies and I rely on an interdisciplinary approach in my work.