Women's Quests for Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Contestations, Complexities, Contradiction

April 5 & 6, 2013
York Research Tower 519

What has come to be known as the “Arab Spring” is a remarkable turning point in the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Whatever the outcome of this regional, political earthquake, there is no turning back to the past in the countries that rose for democracy and social justice. However, there are plenty of signs of hard challenges ahead for women in MENA. In particular, the role of Islamists in the movement for democracy and social justice raises the vital question: what is on the immediate horizon for women and rights activists? This two-day conference will be a forum for scholars and activists in the field to analyze the potential of the Arab Spring for women.

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If you are traveling from out of town, please find maps and driving directions here:  http://maps.info.yorku.ca/keele-campus/

The conference will be held in the York Research Tower, in YRT 519 (fifth floor) (building #95 on campus maps).


If you require overnight accommodations, we recommend the Schulich Executive  Learning Centre at York University.  To learn more about the accommodations at the Schulich Executive Learning Centre, including how to make reservations, please visit the website: http://seec.schulich.yorku.ca/Schulich_Executive_Learning_Centre.aspx.  

Please review the visa restrictions for entering Canada well in advance of travel to prevent problems entering the country as a visitor. If you require a letter to support your visa application, please let us know as soon as possible and we can email one to you.

Technology to support PowerPoint presentations will be available for each panel. Internet access may not be available, so please plan your presentation accordingly (do not rely on webpages or other online content, as you may not have access to it).

Catering will now be provided for lunch and afternoon breaks on both conference days free of charge.

Media & Video
We plan to record all panels of the conference, unless a panelist has indicated otherwise. Please tell your panel chair at the start of your session if you do NOT want your presentation recorded. Members of the media have been invited to attend the conference. They may or may not attend. If you have concerns about this, please contact Centre Coordinator Jessica Balmer, jbalmer@yorku.ca.