Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Framing Pictures: Women Fomenting the Art Scene in Amman

Thu, September 27, 2012 | SAC 2.120

3:00 PM

Social Sciences and the Middle East Lecture Series
Framing Pictures: Women Fomenting the Art Scene in Amman
Aseel Sawahla, Fordham University

Thursday, September 27th, 2012
3:00 p.m.
SAC 2.120

With the upheavals in neighboring Arab countries (the US invasion of Iraq, the “Arab Spring” in Egypt and Syria, and the ongoing political unrest in Palestine), Jordan’s capital Amman has emerged as a center for the production and circulation of visual arts. As Iraqi artists made Amman their new home, and as members of the regional upper and middle-class settled in Jordan, visual arts became a currency of cultural capital among the city's new elite. In this talk, Sawalha discusses the role of middle-class women who own and run art venues in an old but now gentrified neighborhood in Amman, al-Weibdeh.

Aseel Sawalha is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University in New York, and is the author of Reconstructing Beirut: Memory and Space in a Postwar Arab City.

For more information, contact Dr. Sofian Merabet.

Sponsored by: The Social Sciences and the Middle East Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Sociology.

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