2017 Fredric C. Wood lecture delivered by Professor Lila Abu-Lughod at the Religion Department at Vassar College.
Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University where she teaches anthropology and women's studies. In this lecture she will examine how gender experts and women’s rights advocates have recently been included in the global security enterprise called CVE (Countering Violent Extremism). Abu-Lughod will discuss how this new group of "securofeminists" risk colluding in a dangerous re-framing of conflict that often erases history, gender, and context.
A leading voice in the debates about culture, gender, Islam, and global feminist politics, Abu-Lughod’s books and articles have been translated into 14 languages. Her most recent book is Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (Harvard 2015).
This event is cosponsored by the Anthropology Department, the Women's Studies Program, and the Africana Studies Program.