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    Dr. Nadia Yaqub

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    Associate Professor
    (919) 843-8149
    New West 305





    Executive Committee, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
    Advisory Committee, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
    Fellow, Institute for Arts and Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill
    Arts and Humanities Academic Leadership Fellow 2012
    Steering Committee, Water in Our World Campus Theme, 2012
    Carolina Women’s Center Scholar in Residence, 2012-13



    My research has treated Arab cultural texts ranging from oral poetry to modern prose fiction and contemporary visual culture.   I am particularly interested in gender, space, identity and subjectivity.  My recent work has focused on Palestinian texts, and I am currently completing a book on Palestinian cinema.


    ASIA 64: First-Year Seminar: Arab World Photography
    ASIA 691H: Senior Honors Thesis I
    ARAB 151: Arabic Literature through the Ages
    ARAB 337: Borders and Walls in the Arab World
    ARAB 338: Borders and Walls in the Arab World--Experiential
    ARAB 350: Women and Leadership in the Arab World
    ARAB 434: Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
    ARAB 452: Imagining Palestine
    ARAB 453: Film, Nation, and Identity in the Arab World

    Recent Publications


    Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Art: The Oral Poetry Dueling of Palestinian Weddings in the Galilee, Brill Academic Publishers, 2006.

    Refereed Articles and Chapters

    “Refracted Filmmaking in Muhammad Malas’ The Dream and Kamal Aljafari’s The Roof,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 2014.

    “The Afterlives of Violent Images: Reading Photographs from the Tal al-Za`tar Refugee Camp on Facebook,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (Forthcoming).

    “Working with Grassroots Digital Humanities Projects: the Case of the Tal al-Za`tar Facebook Groups,” chapter for Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies edited by Elias Muhanna (under review with De Gruyter).

    “Narrating the Nakba: the Seventh Decade,” Narrating ‘conflict’:  Discourse, Spectacle, Commemoration and Communication Practices in Palestine and Lebanon. Eds.  Dina Matar and Zahera Harb. London: I B Taurus, 2013.

    “Utopia and Dystopia in Palestinian Circular Journeys from Ghassan Kanafani to Contemporary Film,” Journal of Middle East Literatures, 15, 3. 2012.

    “Azza Hassan and Impossible Filmmaking in Israel/Palestine,” Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Cultures: Literature, Cinema and Music. Ed. Karima Laachir and Saeed Talajooy. London: Routledge, 2012.  

    “Dismantling the Discourses of War: Palestinian Women Filmmakers Address Violence,” in Gender and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Moha Ennaji and Fatima Sadiqi. Routledge, 2011, pp. 231-246.

    “Paradise Now: Narrating a Failed Politics,” in Film and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa. Ed. Josef Gugler. University of Texas Press.  2010.

    “The Dupes: Three Generations Uprooted and Betrayed,” in Film and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa. Ed. Josef Gugler. University of Texas Press. 2010.

    “Waiting: A Scattered People Waiting for a Common Future,” in Film and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa. Ed. Josef Gugler. University of Texas Press. 2010.

    “Gendering the Palestinian Political Cartoon,” Towards a Palestinian Cultural Studies, a special issue of Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 2, 2. 2009, pp. 187-213.

    “Arts Under Occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 8, 2008.

    “The Palestinian Cinematic Wedding,” JMEWS: Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, 3,2, Spring 2007, pp. 56-85.

    “The Production of Locality in the Oral Palestinian Poetry Duel,” Literature and Nation in the Middle East. Eds. Yasir Suleiman and Ibrahim Muhawi, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006, pp. 16-30.

    “Cities of Salt,” in Middle Eastern Literatures and Their Times = World Literature and Its Times, Volume 6, Detroit: Gale Group, 2004, pp. 75-84.

    “The Tale of Those Who Did Not Travel:  Reading Yahya Tahir `Abdullah’s Al-Tawq wal-Aswarah as Sirah,” Journal of Arabic Literature. Vol. 36, 2, 2005, pp. 111-135. 

    “Toward a Synchronic Analysis of the Meters of Palestinian Oral Poetry,” Al-Arabiyya, 2003, pp. 1-26.

    “Some of Us Must Depart: An Intertextual Reading of a Mountain Poem by Ibn Khafajah,” Journal of Arabic Literature, Vol. 30, 3, 1999, 240-258.

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