Dr. Oumlil Presents at Yale University
On November 6, Dr. Kenza Oumlil gave a talk at Yale University hosted by the Center of Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) Colloquium on the media interventions of North American Muslim women artists. Oumlil presented her forthcoming book project, which focuses on the possibilities of constructing discourses of resistance to domination. Within a context of mainstream media representations of oppressed and passive Muslim women, the presentation discussed how North American Muslim women artists “talk back” to dominant discourses about their identity. Through an analysis of the media interventions of exceptional women artists – including the visual art and films of Iranian-American Shirin Neshat and the films and television comedy of Pakistani-Canadian Zarqa Nawaz – Dr. Oumlil examined the ways in which the artists circulate alternative discourses and call for a redistribution of symbolic power.
Kenza Oumlil is an Associate Professor in Communication and Gender at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Morocco. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She has published widely on representation, gender, and media, including articles in the Journal of North African Studies, Arab Studies Quarterly, Journal of Middle East Media, and Al-Jazeera English. She is currently working on a manuscript titled ‘North American Muslim Women Artists Talk Back: Assertions of Unintelligibility.’