Global Women/Global Work

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9/26/2016 | 4-6:00 pm | Copley Formal Lounge

Fida Adely is an Associate Professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies. She is also currently an associate editor for Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Her research interests include labor, education, and development in the Arab world, with a particular interest in gender and development. Her primary research site has been Jordan and currently her field research is on the internal migration of Jordanian women for work. In addition, she is engaged in a collaborative project with colleagues in Jordan, which seeks to examine the long-term family, work, and educational trajectories and perspectives of Jordanian youth. Selected publications by Dr. Adely include: Gendered Paradoxes Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith & Progress (University of Chicago Press, 2012); “God Made Beautiful Things,” American Ethnologist (2012); “Educating Women for Development” International journal for Middle East Studies (2009). Dr. Adely received her PhD in 2007 at Columbia University in Comparative Education and Anthropology.

Denise Brennan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology. Her most recent book, Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States follows the lives of survivors of trafficking to the United States. Prof. Brennan is also the author of What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism int he Dominican Republican and is currently conducting field research for a new book on families separated by detention, deportation, and legal status, Love and Heartache across Borders. Long involved in workers’ rights and migrants’ rights, Prof. Brennan is an Advisor to the Best Practices Policy Project, and has been a board member of Different Avenues, and HIPS — organizations that work to protect the rights of people who engage in the sex sector. She also founded the Survivor Leadership Training Fund to provide support for trafficking survivor-advocates.

Gwendolyn Mikell is the Professor of Anthropology and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She was the former Director of the African Studies Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, former Senior Fellow for African Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, past President of the African Studies Association, and past Chair of Georgetown’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Mikell is the author of numerous articles and two books – Cocoa and Chaos in Ghana (1982, 2005) and African Feminism: The Politics of Survival in Sub-Saharan Africa (1997). Her forthcoming book project follows Kofi Annan’s initiatives on Africa 1997-2006. More recently, her research has also focused on how “racial dialogue” is transforming the educational and foreign policy experiences. She co-chairs Georgetown’s Working Group on Racial Equality, which is shaping the forthcoming Georgetown Center on Racial Equality. Mikell holds the B.A. in Sociology from the Univ. of Chicago; and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.

You-Me Park is Director and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Georgetown University. Her books include the edited volumes, Postcolonial Jane Austen (2000, with Rajeswari Sunder Rajan) and a special issue of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies on US neoimperialism (2004, with Henry Schwarz). Her articles have appeared in Feminist Studies, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Interventions: An International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, American Literautre, Pre/Text, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as in numerous anthologies. Her chief research interests are in feminist theory, postcolonial studies, and gender violence during conflict. She has recently completed a monograph, War on Women: Militarism, Gender, and Human Rights, which explores the connections among militaristic ideology, human rights discourse, and contemporary theories of biopolitics and sexual violence. She is currently working with scholars and activists from Korea, India, and Israel to launch an international collaborative research project on feminism, militarism and neoliberalism.

Moderated by Professor John P. Beck from the Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

A Lectures Series presented by the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.