The Political Economy of Displacement: Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan and the USA Post-2003

Isis Nusair

March 2, 2015

Campus Center, Room 2545, UMass Boston

This talk will focus on the political economy of displacement among Iraqi women refugees in Jordan and the USA since 2003, and the challenges they face as they transition from one country to the other to rebuild their lives. Isis Nusair will analyze the networks of support Iraqi women refugees employ to sustain their agency in this prolonged state of instability and displacement.

Isis Nusair is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and International Studies at Denison University. She teaches courses on transnational feminism; gendered migration, feminism in the Middle East and North Africa; and gender, war and conflict. Isis previously served as a researcher on women’s human rights in the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch and at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. She is currently working on two book projects. The first focuses on the impact of war and displacement on Iraqi women refugees in Jordan and the USA, and the other on gendering the narratives of four generations of Palestinian women in Israel from 1948 until the present. She is the co-editor with Rhoda Kanaaneh of Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel. She is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa.

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