American University of Sharjah

Gender and Women’s Studies in the Arab Region

Gender and
Women’s Studies
in the Arab Region

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Suad Joseph.

Joseph SuadProfessor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies, University of California. She is General Editor of the 6-volume print Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and EWIC Online. She is Editor of: Intimate Selving in Arab Families: Gender, Self and Identity and ofGender and Citizenship in the Middle East, co-editor ofWomen and Power in the Middle East. She founded the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology; the Association for Middle East Women's Studies; the Arab Families Working Group; and the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program (University of California, Davis). She is currently carrying out a long-term research project following a cohort of children in a Lebanese village, observing, as they grow, how they learn their notions of rights, responsibilities, nationality, citizenship; how these notions come to be gendered; and how the notions are transferred from family arenas into political/public arenas. 

Dr. Lynda Birke.

Dr Lynda BirkeProfessor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester. UK. Professor Lynda Birke is a biologist based in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Chester, in the U.K.  She has done basic research in biology (animal behaviour), as well as in social studies of science, but is best known internationally for her interdisciplinary work, particularly in feminism and biology.   More recently, she has focused on studies of human-animal relationships. She has published widely in all these fields.  Her books include: Women, Feminism and Biology: The Feminist Challenge; Feminism, Animals and Science: The Naming of the Shrew; Common Science?: Women, Science, and Knowledge (Race, Gender, and Science) (with Jean Barr), and Feminism and the Biological Body.