Amireh Named Fenwick Fellow for 2008-09

Posted: June 16, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Amal Amireh, associate professor in the Department of English, was named the Fenwick Fellow for the 2008-09 academic year, University Librarian John Zenelis announced.

Amireh’s proposed study, “Arab Masculinity Between Globalization and Empire,” will examine the intersection of gender, sexuality and nationalism in contemporary Arab culture.

By investigating the ways femininity and masculinity are culturally constructed and deployed in Arabic literature and film as essential components of a discourse on globalization, war and empire, Amireh aims to describe and explain a shift in Arab body politics.

Her study will encompass novels written in Arabic and in translation, films, music videos and news media and Internet reports combined with historical and cultural contextualization. She expects to write at least one full-length journal article and present the results of her research as conference papers at professional associations.

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field.

The fellowship provides a furnished office in Fenwick Library and an award of $5,000 to support the research project. In the fall or spring of the following academic year, the Libraries sponsor a public lecture in which the fellow presents the results of his or her work.

The Fenwick Fellowship for 2008-09 was recommended by a selection committee of three faculty members and three librarians.

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