Middle East Studies

Nicola Pratt - Book Launch - Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women’s Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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When women took to the streets during the mass protests of the Arab Spring, the subject of feminism in the Middle East and North Africa returned to the international spotlight. In the subsequent years, countless commentators treated the region’s gender inequality as a consequence of fundamentally cultural or religious problems. In so doing, they overlooked the specifically political nature of these women’s activism. Moving beyond such culturalist accounts, this book turns to the relations of power in regional and international politics to understand women’s struggles for their rights. 

Based on over a hundred extensive personal narratives from women of different generations in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon, Nicola Pratt traces women’s activism from national independence through to the Arab uprisings, arguing that activist women are critical geopolitical actors. Weaving together these personal accounts with the ongoing legacies of colonialism, Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women's Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon demonstrates how the production and regulation of gender is integrally bound up with the exercise and organization of geopolitical power, with consequences for women’s activism and its effects. 

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Nicola Pratt is associate professor (reader) in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick, UK, and vice president of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES). She teaches and researches on the international politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in feminist approaches as well as ‘politics from below.’ She has written and co-edited a number of books on women and gender in the Middle East. Her most recent monograph, Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women’s Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, was published by University of California Press in fall 2020. She has also written extensively on Egyptian ‘politics-from-below’ and is currently co-authoring a book on popular culture and the contested meanings of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, which is also the subject of a multimedia digital archive that she co-curated: https://egyptrevolution2011.ac.uk/.