Evoking Sympathy for the Muslim Woman Post 9/11 – Feminist Studies and Visual Media Lecture Series

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

370 Dwinelle Hall | UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley presents:

Feminist Studies and Visual Media Lecture Series
Organized and moderated by Professor Minoo Moallem
Series cosponsored by Media Studies and the Center for Race & Gender
Funding provided by the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Fund in Gender & Women’s Studies

Evoking Sympathy for the Muslim Woman Post 9/11
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (12pm in 370 Dwinelle Hall)

Evelyn AlsultanyAssociate Professor of American Culture, Arab and Muslim American Studies Program Co-Founder and Director, University of Michigan

This talk examines representations of Muslim women in the U.S. news media post-9/11/01, focusing on how Muslim women became sites of public sympathy and moral outrage. It argues that the logics central to the War on Terror are not possible without their accompanying affects, showing how Muslim women are designated as worthy of feeling while Muslim men are not. In particular, it examines how journalists use disclaimers in their news stories about Islam and oppression in an effort to appear as if they are not stereotyping. These disclaimers, paired with the experience of outrage that media viewers and readers experience at the injustice “Muslim women” face participate in justifying the mistreatment of Muslim men and Muslim communities.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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