Part of the Spring 2018 MENAS Colloquium Series
Hanan Hammad, Associate Professor and Director of Middle East Studies, Texas Christian University
Frustrated by their unpleasant reality and the outcome of their uprisings, peoples in the Middle East have resorted to the nostalgic glorification of the colonial past during the interwar period. More recently this nostalgia has used and abused women’s bodies to manufacture iconic imagery of lost progress, liberalism, feminism, and tolerance. With focus on the case of Egypt, my talk aims at highlighting the unnoticed achievements of contemporary Egyptian women and dismantle the nostalgic illusion that life in the colonial-liberal past was better.