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film adaptation of ghassan kanafani’s men in the sun–check it out!

by Michelle Hartman

For March 30

by Michelle Hartman

So to remind people what we discussed today (March 23)

Next week we will talk about Adania Shibli’s short novel Touch in class. I will try to get a copy on reserve in ISL ASAP.

We will also read Samia’s article and hopefully discuss Randa Jarrar’s short piece :

Whatever we do not get to, we will discuss in our final class after the Easter Break, in which we will also briefly discuss Valentine Moghadem’s article.

Volunteers to read at the Tantouriyya event!! Please volunteer… (just email  michelle)

Get in touch with questions.

See you soon!

michelle and samia

Follow up from March 16 class, looking to March 23

by Michelle Hartman

** If you would like feedback on your short papers from Samia on Wednesday, please let her know by Tuesday afternoon and she is happy to meet you

** you only need to hand in five essays now (we have reduced the number)

** Please volunteer to read at the event featuring The Woman from Tantoura (

** Next week we will finish our discussion of Ashour and the economic readings and postpone the discussion of Adania Shibli’s short novel for 30 March.

March 16, 2015 class

by Michelle Hartman

In class on March 16 the answer to the following question is due:

How did the process of colonialism impact Palestinian women’s lives after 1948?

You can post it here or hand it in on paper on Monday.

You should have read the piece by Rockwell and finished Radwa Ashour’s Woman from Tantoura.

Some additional information about Ashour and an interesting video (for those who speak Arabic) below.

Also, we have an upcoming event at McGill–encouraging everyone to come and participate. The students are asking for volunteers to read favourite passages from the novel (in any language…) so perhaps we could have some participation from our class?


by Michelle Hartman

Flyer SunnAllah

Alterations to the weekly reading list

by sbotmeh

Dear everyone,

We are done introducing alterations to the weekly reading list for the rest of the term, please go through it and let us know if you have any questions.



Film Screening event

by Michelle Hartman

A new group on campus, “McGill Students for Feminisms” has asked me to announce an event they have organized. It is a film screening of the film “Alien”. It will be held on February 25th in Leacock 232.

They sent the following text:
“Since its release 36 years ago, Alien has attracted widespread debate about its themes that fall under Feminist, Marxist, and psychoanalytic discussions. A classic, gripping horror sci-fi, it raises endless questions about gender and power. Today, Alien remains to be one of the most important works for feminist film criticism.
This event is part of of a series of other lectures and debates brought to you by MS4F focusing on feminist literature and film.

For the panel discussion we will be joined by:

– Professor Ned Schantz, Professor in the Department of English who has taught various courses on film including Feminism and Film.

– Professor Alanna Thain, Professor in the Department of English whose research areas include Film Theory and Gender & Sexuality.”

Readings for February 16th class

by sbotmeh

Hi everyone, as we agreed yesterday, the readings for next week are:

Zureik’s article: the economics of dispossession

Sahar Khalief’s Asel was Fasel,

and finally, the first three chapters of Rosemary Sayigh’s ‘the Palestinians: from peasants to revolutionaries': the peasant past, the uprooting and the new reality 1948-1965.

See you all next week


Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women

by Michelle Hartman

Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women

this Saturday, February 14, Square Cabot (Atwater and Ste Catherine), 15h00


Cette marche a été fondée à Vancouver en 1991 par un groupe de femmes autochtones et travailleurs/travailleuses de premières lignes en réponse à la négligence policière dans le cas du meurtre d’une femme du peuple de la Côte Salish (Coast Salish Peoples). En cette 6ième année à Montréal, la raison de la marche est pour commémorer la vie des femmes de toutes origines qui sont disparues ou assassinées. Avec une emphase mise sur les femmes et les filles autochtones, étant donné que la violence affecte leurs communautés disproportionnellement. Cette marche cherche également à sensibiliser la population générale ainsi que les médias sur la nature structurelle de cette violence genrée et raciste.

This march was founded in Vancouver in 1991 by a group of Native women and frontline workers in response to the negligent response by police in the case of the murder of a Coast Salish woman. In it’s 6th year in Montreal, the purpose of the march is to commemorate the lives of missing and murdered women and girls of all backgrounds, but with a particular emphasis on Native women and girls, as this brutal violence affects their communities disproportionately. The march will also seek
to raise awareness among the general population and in the media about the deeply systemic nature of this gendered and racial violence.

by Michelle Hartman

Information Session SU Abroad

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