Women & Gender Studies Institute

Sunday, March 30, 2014 – Dina Georgis’ Upcoming Book Launch – The Better Story: Queer Affects From the Middle East

Another Story Bookshop proudly presents the book launch for The Better Story: Queer Affects From the Middle East By Dina Georgis

Featuring a panel discussion with Dina Georgis, Trish Salah, Nayrouz Abu Hatoum and Gamal Abdel-Shehid

With a focus on aesthetic texts that narrate stories about or from the Middle East, The Better Story offers fresh insights into political conflict. Dina Georgis argues that narrative is an emotional resource for learning and for generating better political futures. This book suggests that narrative not only gives us insight into social constructs, but also leads us into understanding the enigmatic processes by which we become and give our “selfs” over to collective memories, histories, and identities. Stories link us to queer “forgotten” spaces that official history has discarded. The Better Story argues that feminist, queer, and postcolonial studies have not helped us think about lives that do not neatly fit into the valorized logic of resistance and emancipation.

 Dina Georgis is Associate Professor at the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.

 Trish Salah is the author of Wanting in Arabic (TSAR 2002, 2013) and Lyric Sexology, Vol.1 (Roof Books, 2014). She is also assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

 Nayrouz Abu Hatoum is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social Anthropology at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her doctoral research explores the ‘presence’ and ‘absence’ of the apartheid wall in the Israeli visual and discursive landscape. Her previous and current research focuses on the concepts of borders, violence and visuals. She has published articles in Arabic and English in several newspapers and blogs, among them AL-Akhbar in Lebanon and Sawt al Niswa- a feminist webspace.

 Gamal Abdel-Shehid is Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. He is also member (and past director) of York’s Graduate Programme in Social and Political Thought. He is the author of Who Da Man: Black Masculinities and Sporting Cultures (2005) and co-author (with Nathan Kalman-Lamb) of Out of Left Field: Social Inequality and Sports (2012).

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 at 4pm

District Oven, 842 College Street

Free

For more information please call 416-462-1104 www.anotherstory.ca

Co-sponsored by SUNY Press, Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto and The Mark. S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto