Dardishi - Gender Transgression, (de-)legitimacy and Imposter Syndrome

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This talk attempts to analyse the place of South West Asian and North African (SWANA) female academics and journalists in mainstream academia and media. Using the Arab uprisings as a focus, this seminar will shed a light on the intersectional struggle these professional women navigate when doing their jobs in the region and its diaspora. It will call for the empowerment of their voices to counter mainstream narratives and their resulting misinformation, and for justice for these unheard voices.

Toronto-based academic researcher and former journalist  Houda Mzioudet has worked with international outlets such as Al Jazeera English, the CBC, the BBC, and Qantara (Deutsche Welle). She also co-authored a book on the Libyan displacement crisis (Georgetown University Press, 2016 and co-founded the first black Tunisian association (ADAM) in 2012, and the Voice of Tunisian Black Women collective in 2020. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Manouba (Tunisia) and is currently studying Political Science and International Relations at the University of Toronto. 

Dardishi is an ambitious community arts project that showcases the cultural production of Arab and North African women and gender minorities in Glasgow. Every year they deliver a 3-day Festival at the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, publish the latest issue of a zine, run year-round events, and host a Designer in Residence. Through their work, they aim to strengthen creative collaboration between Arab and North African women and gender minorities, provide positive and diverse community representation in the arts, and create opportunities that support and develop creative practices.

Important information about the event 

  • The conversations will be held in English with BSL interpretation.
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