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CMENAS Colloquium Series. Art & the Intersectional Revolution: Gender & Sexuality in the Legacy of the Arab Spring

Sascha Crasnow, Lecturer, Islamic Arts and Culture in the Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program; Affiliate Faculty in Arab and Muslim American Studies and Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan
Monday, October 5, 2020
4:00-6:00 PM
Off Campus Location
The 2020 CMENAS Colloquium Series theme is "The Arab Spring: 10 Years Later."
(Please register at; a Zoom link will be emailed to you the day of the event.)

About the Presentation:
While the Arab Spring is characterized as a call for political revolution, for many it also inspired a drive for social revolution. Calls for freedom and equality in the removal of dictatorial rule made space for more vocal calls for this same sort of equity for people of all genders and sexual orientations. At the same time, women, non-binary and trans folks, and individuals who engage in non-heteronormative relationships have been targeted by these repressive regimes, as well as many of those that have replaced them. Visual culture and art produced during the Arab Spring and the aftermath has often utilized their imagery, as seen with the “Girl in the Blue Bra” in Egypt and the “Woman in the Red Dress” in Turkey, to name two examples, as a means to highlight the particular experiences of women and queer individuals. This talk presents works by contemporary artists from the Arab world whose works have addressed aspects of gender and sexuality during, and in the aftermath of the 10 years since, the Arab Spring.

About the Speaker:
Sascha Crasnow, Ph.D. is a Lecturer of Islamic Arts in the Residential College and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) and in the Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS) program. She received her BS Honors in Psychology from the University of Washington, her MA in Art History from CUNY-Hunter College, and her PhD in Art History from the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on contemporary art from the SWANA region, with a particular focus on issues related to contemporary socio-politics, critical race studies, and gender & sexuality.

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange. Contact: Kristin Waterbury at
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: arab spring, center for middle eastern and north african studies, cmenas, Discussion, Lecture, Middle East Studies, Virtual
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Residential College, International Institute, Arab and Muslim American Studies (AMAS)