Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: 308 Elmer L. Andersen Library
Please join the Immigration History Research Center for a lecture by Waleed Mahdi, Francis Maria Fellow in Arab American Studies, University of Minnesota entitled, "On Agency and Self-Representation: Arab Americans and Transgressing Hollywood-Egyptian Cinematic Patterns."
For decades, the Arab American image has been held hostage to polarizing cultural politics of representation in Hollywood and Egyptian cinemas. Since the 1970's, Hollywood films have perpetuated a one-dimensional pattern that imagines Arab Americans as a foreign, if not homegrown, threat to the U.S. national security. Meanwhile, Egyptian films produced since the 1990's have emphasized issues of nostalgia and allegiance as detrimental of the Arab American identity as either Arab or American. Being products of certain nationalist frameworks, the two film industries have operated as visual encounters to a conflicting U.S.-Arab history rooted in politics of cold war and war on terror eras. This paper highlights such dominant modes of representation in Hollywood and Egyptians films to critique the double-layered process of otherness in the circulation of the Arab American image. Equally important, it captures an emerging alternative mode of representation embraced by Arab American filmmakers that presents transnationalism and heterogeneity as central to the Arab American story.
Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.
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