Concepts that Matter! Terminologies of Women and Gender in Transnational Perspective

Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich
Department of Gender Studies and Islamic Studies of the University of Zurich
07.04.2017 - 08.04.2017
Yasmine Berriane

The Department of Gender Studies and Islamic Studies of the University of Zurich is organizing the first workshop of the Gender in University and Society (GENiUS) network on "Concepts that Matter! Terminologies of Women and Gender in Transnational Perspective". GENiUS is an informal Swiss-Arab Network of academics specialized in the field of Gender Studies in and on the Arab region that aims at fostering scientific exchange on the levels of research, teaching and institution building.
This workshop will take place on April 7-8, 2017 at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies (University of Zurich). The guest speakers include Lina Abirafih, Hoda Elsadda, Moha Ennaji, Doris Gray, Marnia Lazreg, Fatima Sadiqi, and Zeina Zaatari. The number of participants is limited but registrations are still possible until March 25th, 2017 (contact:
Please note that, as part of the workshop, an open panel discussion (no registration required) on „Teaching Gender. Theory and Society in the Classroom“ will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 (from 17:15-19:00).
The program of the workshop and the description of the panel discussion are available here:


Friday, April 7, 2017
09.45-10.15 Welcome
10.15-11.00 Marnia Lazreg (City University of New York): “Overcoming Empiricism:
Groundwork for Theorizing Feminism in MENA”
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-12.15 Hoda El Sadda (Cairo University): “Traveling Concepts: Revisiting the Case of
Feminism and Gender in the Arab World”
12.15-14.15 Lunch Break
14.15-15.00 Lina Abirafeh (Lebanese American University): “Women’s and Gender Studies as
a Field in the Arab region: The Case of IWSAW”
15.00-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.00 Fatima Sadiqi (University of Fez): “The Politics of Terminology in Gender Studies:
A Linguistics Approach”
16.00-16.45 Moha Ennaji (University of Fez): “A Linguistic Reading of Existing Terminologies of Feminism, Women and Gender in North Africa”
16.45-17.15 Coffee break
17.15-19.00 Public Panel Discussion „Teaching Gender: Theory and Society in the
Discussants: Lina Abirafeh (Lebanese American University), Hoda El Sadda (Cairo
University), Moha Ennaji (University of Fez), Marnia Lazreg (City University of New
York), Marylène Lieber (University of Geneva)
Chair: Bettina Dennerlein (University of Zurich)

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10.15-11.00 Zeina Zaatari (Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Middle East and
Africa): “Heteronormativity, Sexuality, Queer and LGBTQI Identities: Between the
Hammer and the Anvil”
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-12.00 Bettina Dennerlein (University of Zurich): “The Politics of Women’s Rights in
Islamic Discourse”
12.00-14.15 Lunch Break
14.15-15.00 Doris Gray (Al-Akhawayn University): “New Conceptions of Gender and the Quest
of Global Equality”
15.00-15.45 Sarah Farag (University of Zurich): “The Social Life of Women’s Human Rights”
15.45-16.15 Coffee break
16.15-17.00 Yasmine Berriane (University of Zurich) and Aymon Kreil (University of Zurich):
“Women’s and Family Empowerment: Ethnographic Perspectives on a Contested
17.00-18.00 Final discussion
Discussant: Katrin Meyer (University of Basel)


Sarah Farah

Asien-Orient-Institut, Universität Zürich

Concepts that Matter! Terminologies of Women and Gender in Transnational Perspective, 07.04.2017 – 08.04.2017 Zürich, in: H-Soz-Kult, 17.03.2017, <>.