The Body/Psyche Politics of Cairo's El-Nadeem

Lecture | October 30 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 3 LeConte Hall

 Frances Hasso, Duke University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

El-Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence is a women-initiated and dominated non-governmental activist organization established in Cairo in 1993 as a psychological counseling center by university professor and labor activist Dr. Aida Seif al-Dawla and two other psychiatrists to ameliorate the traumas of Egyptian and refugee torture victims. Over time, El-Nadeem developed expertise in forensic evidence for court redress and documentation of torture, and expanded its work to include the more “private” matters of counseling victims of rape and violence within families. El-Nadeem refuses a separation between bodily, psychic and collective concerns in its emancipatory vision and work; attends to class, gender relations, and masculinities in its practices; and is wary of solutions that reinforce juridical and security formations.

Speaker Bio: Frances S. Hasso is an Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, with secondary appointments in the Sociology and History Departments at Duke University. She is an Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. Her books include Freedom without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Revolutions (Duke Univ. Press 2016), co-edited with Zakia Salime, and two monographs,Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East (Stanford Univ. Press 2011); and Resistance, Repression and Gender Politics in Occupied Palestine and Jordan (Syracuse Univ. Press 2005)., 510-642-8208