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Borders, Checkpoints, Crossings: Arab American and Asian American Studies

The Middle East/South Asia Studies Program and the Asian American Cultural Politics Research Group present: Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa Nadine Naber Assistant Professor, American Culture & Women’s Studies, UMichigan, Ann Arbor Moderated by Sunaina Maira This panel focuses on convergences and divergences between the fields of Arab American and Asian American studies, and how they inform debates about empire, Orientalism, racialization, and gendered nationalisms, especially after 9/11. Borders and boundaries are issues that emerge in both fields as they address questions of self-definition, institutionalization, and interdisciplinarity, as well as negotiate checkpoints or obstacles as the field evolves. Ibrahim Aoude’ is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He is co-editor of Arab Studies Quarterly and has published work on Middle East politics, Arab American identity, and Hawaiian political economy and social movements. Nadine Naber is Assistant Professor in American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a member of the Arab Women’s Gathering Organizing Collective (AWGOC) and RAWAN (Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network) and is a graduate of UCD’s Anthropology department. Sunaina Maira is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis.