The special issue of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 10.1, entitled “Scholar, Mentor, Activist: Sondra Hale’s Transnational Feminist Commitments,” aims to highlight the seminal contributions of Professor Sondra Hale to the fields of anthropology, gender studies, Middle East studies, Sudan studies, and African studies. We approach the Introduction of this special issue as former students of Hale. Our relationship to Sondra, then, has been that of junior scholars in the field of gender studies who have been mentored by Hale, and it is from this vantage point that we introduce this special issue.
Sondra Hale’s scholarship focuses on women’s movements and organizations, Islamic movements, postcolonial studies, transnational gender studies, and memory and resistance. Straddling several disciplines, her scholarship often addresses questions that emerge from the contradictory assumptions that frame these disciplines. Hence she brings into focus questions that urge a re-thinking of a series of relationships, e.g. between gender, race, class, ethnicity and the state; between Islam and women’s agency; between feminist methodology, ethnographic accountability, and the politics of representation; between politics and political activism; and between the role of memory in conflict zones and resistance—questions that remain significant in feminist studies in general, and to the study of gender in the Middle East and North Africa region more specifically. Sondra’s career spans a period of more than fifty years with publications in peer reviewed journals, books, magazines, and e-bulletins, as well as a flourishing ongoing research agenda that pushes into new areas of inquiry. Many of her works have been translated into Arabic, including, most recently, her book Gender Politics in Sudan: Socialism, Islamism and the State—the first-ever Sudanese gender studies book to be translated from English to Arabic (Hale 1996).
This special issue includes essays (“‘Every Slight Movement Counts for Everything’: Sondra Hale and Sudanese Art” by Susan Slyomovics, “Toward a Feminist Analysis of ‘Impact’: Sondra Hale’s Scholarship and Activism in and Beyond the University” by Anita Fábos and Emily Haddad, “Gender and Citizenship Center Stage: Sondra Hale’s Legacy and Egypt’s Ongoing Revolution” by Sherine Hafez, and “Sondra Hale’s ‘Ethnographic Residuals’: Silence and Non-Silence on Female Genital Cutting” by Ellen Gruenbaum), as well as a brief communication (“Sondra Hale’s Ethnographic Accountability” by Nadine Naber) and bibliographies of Hale’s contributions to arts and other publications. The issue concludes with Hale’s reflections, entitled “A Propensity for Self-Subversion and a Taste for Liberation: An Afterword.”
This special issue is not intended to be a comprehensive documentation of Hale’s contributions as a scholar-activist. Rather, the intention is to capture snapshotsof Hale’s scholarship and social life, to share how it travels, gains new meaning, and is taken up in by scholars in various capacities. We are privileged to study with Sondra and to know her on a personal level. We hope this special issue provides a glimpse into the personal and the political dimensions of Sondra Hale’s lifelong love and commitment for feminist intellectual pursuits and social justice struggles locally and transnationally. We look forward to many more exciting and challenging theoretical, methodological, and epistemological challenging contributions from Hale’s ongoing and newest projects!
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Nashim 25: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues, dedicated to feminist pioneer Professor Alice Shalvi
Renée Levine Melammed and Deborah Greniman, academic and managing editors, respectively, of Nashim, met recently with Professor Alice Shalvi, Israeli feminist pioneer, veteran educator, founder of the Israel Women’s Network, and global Jewish feminist visionary, to present her with a copy of the twenty-fifth anniversary issue of the journal. The issue is dedicated to her in recognition of her instrumental role in Nashim’s founding and in the setting of its editorial policy.
From the issue’s dedication:
We dedicate this twenty-fifth issue of Nashim to Professor Alice Shalvi, who made the dream of a journal devoted to Jewish women’s and gender studies possible. When the Nashim initiative was first broached to her, Alice greeted it not only with enthusiasm but with recognition, as an idea she and her friends, pioneers of second-wave Jewish feminism, had raised long before, and whose time had finally come. Subsequently, as Rector of the Schechter Institute (1997–2001), Alice added her voice to the approval process for the first issue’s publication. She has remained on Nashim’s editorial board ever since, contributing her wise and warm guidance on issues of editorial and academic policy and herself serving as consulting editor for our issue on Women, War and Peace (Fall 2003).
Upon reading the initial proposal for Nashim, which spoke of the potential for new discoveries inherent in the joining of Jewish studies with women’s studies (as it was then called) and of the advancement of women’s scholarship, Alice added three important words: and their creativity. In shaping each issue of Nashim, we have endeavored to live up to the mandate of that revised proposal. Indeed, it is fitting that an issue dedicated to Alice features work on women writers, filmmakers and an art collector – and also on Doña Gracia Nasi, one of the first Jewish women known to have supported Jewish scholarly publishing, in sixteenth-century Constantinople.
With her practical feminist feel for the truth embodied in the expression “Without flour, there’s no Torah” (Avot 3:17), Alice and her friends and supporters became the mainstay of Nashim’s funding on the side of the Schechter Institute. If one of her cohorts was unable to continue her support, Alice found a replacement or a contributor who could raise the ante. No one has believed in this journal more consistently and religiously than Alice, and we have done our utmost not to disappoint her or the generous donors who have come to our aid.
We salute you, Alice, for your steadfast and proactive support. As one of the most active “Nashim” [women] in Israeli society, it is only appropriate that this issue belong to you.
NASHIM 25, whose themed section on “Women, Jews, Venetians” was compiled under the joint consulting editorship of Gretchen Starr-Lebeau and Ariella Lang, features contributions by Howard Tzvi Adelman, Don Harrán, Jill Fields, Leonard Rothman, Tamar Merin, Rachel Tzvia Back and Janet Burstein. The mural shown on the cover, Janet Braun-Reinitz’s Danger Lurks in Forgetting: Katrina (2013), was displayed in the artist’s most recent solo show in Venice, where, she says, the tragedy of Katrina struck a chord.
Knot Frum Here, paper collage & acrylic on wood by Tân Khánh Cao, courtesy of the artist
This issue of Black Camera begins the fifth year of publication and partnership with Indiana University Press. It also marks the fourth installment of Close-Up, a series devoted to a film, filmmaker, genre, or area of Black filmmaking. The first in the series addressed the seminal film Nothing But a Man (1964) by Michael Roemer and Robert Young; the second, Precious (2009) by Lee Daniels, followed by Teza (2008), by the Ethiopian-American Haile Gerima.
In this Close-Up, guest editor Terri Francis has assembled a compelling collection of essays, interview, programmatic statement, images, and commentaries about Afrosurrealism—a little understood, understudied, and elusive subject. Together they cohere to render comprehensible a Black surreal that “re-center[s] blackness at the core of surrealism and modernism, not as catalytic matter but as the manifestations of black artists’ own modalities.”
In addition, the issue includes three distinctive essays: First, Ellen C. Scott’s lead piece on the subversion by Black exhibitors of Hollywood studio promotional materials on Black spectatorship. Next, Toni Pressley-Sanon’s explication of the “act” of witnessing as liberatory in two films, Haitian Corner (1988) and l’Homme Sur le Quais / The Man by the Shore (1993) by Raoul Peck. And Joi Carr’s critique of the “perverse ideological structures about beauty” in Chris Rock’s controversial documentary Good Hair (2009).
Also included in this issue is an interview with Madeline Anderson, pioneering African American filmmaker whose documentary work contributed in no small measure to the development of a Black documentary tradition in the 1960s and 1970s.
Of no less interest, consider Wole Soyinka’s address, “A Name Is More Than the Tyranny of Taste,” from this year’s FESPACO, along with regular Africultures contributor Olivier Barlet’s assessment of FESPACO 2013 and Leah Kerr’s guest archival spotlight essay, “Collectors’ Contributions to Archiving Early Black Film.”
Excerpted from the Editor's Notes by Micheal Martin.
Individual vs. group expression: War-affected youth paint individually. They continue to explore their own values, identities, thoughts, and feelings; however, the close physical proximity offers a cohesive unit to develop intimacy. Photo Credit: Lily Harmon-Gross, 2009.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war. —Maria Montessori
This special issue of ACPR, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review 3.2 is titled “Peace Education, Memory and Reconciliation in Africa: Contemporary Perspectives on Conflict Transformation” engages in the current debate on peacebuilding in Africa and the role played by various mechanisms of justice and reconciliation. More specifically, the chapters included in this issue seek to illuminate the way in which constructions and practices of peace education, memory, and reconciliation are dynamic, contested, and differently understood and implemented in different African localities. While empirically grounded in the realities of specific countries— Eritrea, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, and Uganda —the lessons offered by the various contributions speak to conditions in other African nations and, by qualified extension, the rest of the developing world. The appropriateness and timeliness of such work is clearly evident, particularly in the light of the ever-increasing global preoccupation with educational and justice reforms as components of peacebuilding and transitional justice processes in Africa and elsewhere.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Special Issue on Peace Education, Memory, and Reconciliation in Africa, Marisa O. Ensor, Guest Editor
Contemporary Perspectives on Conflict Transformation, Marisa O. Ensor
Peace Education for Reconstruction and Peacebuilding in Postwar African Societies, Fatmata Samura
Peacebuilding through Education in Postconflict Northern Uganda: The Importance of Placing War-Affected Youth in Community-Oriented Schools, Nikolaos Biziouras and Nicholas Birger
Educating for Peace: The Sociocultural Dimensions of Grassroots Peace Education as a Tool for National Reconciliation and Social Forgetting in Sierra Leone, John Idriss Lahai and Helen Ware
A Matter of “Knowledge in the Blood”? Unperforming Racial and Ethnic Prejudice in Tertiary Educational Spaces in South Africa, Kennedy C. Chinyowa
The Resolution of Conflict: Traditional African Ancestors, Kinship, and Rituals of Reconciliation, Kathryn Coe, Craig T. Palmer, and Khadijah elShabazz
Re-Membering the Tutsi Genocide in Hotel Rwanda (2004): Implications for Peace and Reconciliation, Okaka Opio Dokotum
Contested Versions of Collective Memory in Postindependence Eritrea, Daniel R. Mekonnen
Drinking the Bitter Roots: Gendered Youth, Transitional Justice, and Reconciliation across the South Sudan-Uganda Border, Marisa O. Ensor
IJFAB, the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Vol. 9, No. 3: "Health and Ecological Destruction:
Fracking and Beyond," Laura Purdy and
Wendy Lynne Lee
“Which questions moral philosophers choose to study—and
choose not to study—is itself a moral issue,” wrote Virginia Warren in her
groundbreaking 1979 article. Indeed, bioethics
has often focused on important, but relatively narrow issues based on the
assumption that health is a natural lottery, and that the chief moral questions
have to do with the quality of care, and fair access to it, or with the
implications of new technologies to treat or cure, and questions about
reproduction and death. Of course, some writing has always acknowledged many influences
on health and thus longevity, encouraged, no doubt, by scholarship in
epidemiology, the social determinants of health, interest in food/agriculture
issues, and concern about occupational and environmental pollution. This
special issue of IJFAB aims to examine, through a feminist lens, human
activities such as fracking that, by negatively impacting the environment,
Science fiction, such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, abounds with post-apocalyptic nightmares,
but rarely devotes any attention to how they came about or whether they could
have been prevented.
Yet, as ever more
paths to environmental disaster are opened up by corporate and governmental
decisions, the preventable is being touted as inevitable, natural, and good. Many
of us now live in disbelief at the deliberate dismantling of the conditions
required for human (and nonhuman) flourishing by people apparently oblivious or
disdainful of the consequences. If these forces continue to prevail, it is only
a matter of time before the consequences of widespread lack of access to clean
water, air and land pollution, desertification, and deforestation, will
drastically reduce human life spans, and quite possibly lead to human
extinction. The process will exacerbate the fight for survival at all levels,
from the individual to the national.
We encourage readers to think about the many ways human
activities are putting at risk human health, shortening lives, and risking species
Basic Theories/Concepts: Public health Public good vs. Property Rights Precautionary Principle vs. Cost/Risk/Benefit Pollution Environment/Ecology Industrialized extraction Feminist environmental bioethics Sustainability Thriveability/Flourishing
Focus: Climate Change Energy Production Policy Water Issues Food/Agriculture Issues Environmental/Health Legislation Toxin Exposure Military Activities Population Drugs (Legal and Illegal) Exploitation of Public Assets Wildlife Preservation
Our main goal is to evaluate the health consequences of
activities intended to maintain and expand dependence on fossil fuels, and
technology in general, especially that held to be necessary for sustaining
rapidly growing populations, no matter at what cost to the environment. These goals,
in turn, reflect the needs and interests of continued western hegemony. We
encourage potential contributors to contact us for a more detailed description of
possible topics. In addition, we hope for submissions on the many related
topics not listed here, such as mountain top removal, tar sands development, or
as yet unidentified threats.
Sneak Preview of the new Transition 112: Lincoln and the Radicals: A Conversation with Tony Kushner
From the introduction by Daniel Itzkovitz:
A somber 1865 broadside, printed in the days after Lincoln’s
assassination, hangs on a wall in the middle of Tony Kushner’s West Harlem
office. It bears the image of an American flag above bold black letters: “God
Will Avenge our Slaughtered Leader!”
“It’s such a scream of pain,” Kushner said about the image,
“And I love the doubleness of it. It’s a
call for vengeance, but it’s also in a way admonishing people to leave
vengeance to the lord: ‘we don’t have to be vengeful because God will take care
of it…’. We’ve been through other days
somewhat like when Lincoln was killed, but there’s something about the
confluence… the fact that he was killed four days after the end of the Civil
War, and on Good Friday, in a country that was so predominantly and deeply
Christian. It must have been really…
Kushner’s ability to imagine complex and sometimes
unbearable human experience sits at the heart of his work as a playwright,
screenwriter, and political activist. And so does the tension in his analysis of the broadside: between the
call to popular action, and the belief that a greater force might also be
there—and should be there—to help those who need it. READ MORE.
Transition 112, The Django Issue, addresses how the history of slavery is represented in textbooks, television and film. How should these stories be told? Read more about Transition 112 here.
"Ethnopoetic analysis, as the articles in this volume ably illustrate, can challenge received assumptions about the nature of language and the ways that individuals engage in and use languages."
The Journal of Folklore Research is celebrating its golden
anniversary with a special triple issue devoted to "Ethnopoetics,
Narrative Inequality, and Voice: The Legacy of Dell Hymes." In
this blog post, special issue editors Paul V. Kroskrity and Anthony Webster evoke the
ongoing significance of Dell Hymes's (1927-2009) work on ethnopoetics and
explain how the special triple issue advances the interdisciplinary project
that this distinguished anthropologist, folklorist, linguist, and IU alumnus
At a bar in
New Orleans, the co-editors discussed the influential role of Dell Hymes’s
ethnopoetic project both on our work and on linguistic anthropology more
broadly. We saw that influence both retrospectively, but also, more
importantly, as a vision for the future for the fields in which Hymes worked.
From those discussions was born a large and well-attended panel at the 2011
Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. On the urging of
JFR’s editor at the time—Moira Marsh—that panel matured to become this
triple-issue of Journal of Folklore Research. Given Hymes’s close association with linguistics, anthropology, and
folklore studies at Indiana University, we have to imagine that he would be
pleased to see this collection of new research in ethnopoetics published by JFR
and the Indiana University Press.
that make up the bulk of this issue focus on verbal art and they show how, far
from being a marginal pursuit of the occasional Americanist, it is central to
many contemporary issues in folklore, linguistics, and linguistic and cultural
anthropology. Taking ethnopoetics to be conceived as the recognition of poetic
lines, careful attention to linguistic detail, and attention to individual
creativity, the articles here also recognize that many individuals never have
the opportunity to narrate in their chosen “voice.” Here, following Hymes, we
see “voice” as both a creative and a political accomplishment. We also
recognize the powerful role of narrative inequality in the marginalizing of
those voices. Ethnopoetic analysis, as the articles in this volume ably
illustrate, can challenge received assumptions about the nature of language and
the ways that individuals engage in and use languages. Beyond the articles,
based on ethnographic and linguistic fieldwork by all the authors, Richard
Bauman and Charles Briggs have provided commentary on the papers in this
We feel that
the proper way to appreciate and honor Hymes is not to present historical
studies of him in his time but rather to carry on his path-breaking work in
folklore, linguistic anthropology, and ethnopoetics and to show its inspiring
relevance here in this collection of studies and –we hope—in its eventual
influence on a new generation of scholars and readers who will rediscover the
value of Hymes’s ethnopoetic legacy.
Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the
new official membership journal of ISSOTL, the International Society For The Scholarship Of
Teaching & Learning has just released its second issue. Volume 1, Number
2, 2013 is a special issue titled “Writing Without Borders: 2013 International
Writing Collaborative” with guest editors Mick Healey and Beth Marquis.
In the introduction to the second issue
of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, journal editors Nancy Chick and
Gary Poole comment on what can happen when people engage in collective efforts.
Put simply, things can go either way. Sometimes, the whole is considerably greater than the sum of the parts; other times, people get in each other’s way or they just don’t contribute very well.
It is our admittedly biased belief that the collaborative writing groups featured in our second issue got it right. But why?
The recipe for success in this case included a collection of committed and skilled people under the fine leadership of Mick Healey and Beth Marquis. Group members made commitments and stayed to them. More importantly, though, they brought a willingness to learn from each other. And that created an impressive gestalt.
What can be learned from this experience so that all our collective writing efforts benefit? That might be one of the more valuable questions stemming from our second issue.
Daniel Hack's 2012
Victorian Studies essay won this year's prestigious Donald Gray Prize, awarded
by the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) to the best essay
of the year in the field of Victorian Studies.
In his "The Afro-Haitian 'Charge of the Light Brigade,'" Don Gray Prize winner Daniel Hack argues that more attention should be paid to "historical processes and acts of de- and reconstructuralization" through an analysis of Tennyson's poem that had been used in "debates of antislavery violence and the relationship between race and culture."
Victorian Studies essays
also previously won this in 2006 and 2008 and also won honorable mentions in
2003 (the prize's first year), 2004, 2006, and 2011. Victorian Studies journal editor, Andrew
Miller won the prize for an essay in Representations in 2007.
More information on the Gray Prize can be found here: