Speaking Engagements: Past presentations at scholarly and professional conferences

I love attending conferences and have presented original research on a range of topics at the following conferences. 

Recent presentations 

Friday, 19 April 2013
Journal of Middle East Women’sStudies Research Workshop
Location: Yale University
New Haven CT USA 

My presentation title: “Illiterate Women’s Political Participation: The Case of Morocco’s Soulaliyates”

I presented in a session called "Gender Activism, Uprisings, and Political Participation." Other participants included:

Moderator: Sallama Shaker, Yale University
“Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: Politics and Paradoxes” – Alessandra L. González, John Jay College, City University of New York
“From the Sacred to the State: Memory, Women’s Human Rights, and the Tunisian Revolution” – Sarah Weirich, Rutgers University


Wednesday, 30 November 2011
7th International Lessons Learned Conference, National Defense University, Washington, DC USA

My presentation title: “Stability in a Post-Gaddafi Libya

I presented in a session called "Facilitating Transition in Libya." The panel considered the following questions: To what degree were diplomatic, intelligence, and economic tools integrated with military operations during NATO’s campaign? How can the international community support Libya’s political transition? 

Other participants included:

Moderator: Mr. Max Kelly, Center for Complex Operations
Panelists: Mr. Camara Garrett, U.S. Agency for International Development
Mr. Andy Shelton, Third Air Force (3AF) Lessons Learned, U.S. Air Forces in Europe


Saturday, 15 October 2011
Time: 3.45pm
Location: Elon State University
Elon, North Carolina

I presented in a session called "The Politics Of Reform In The Middle East." Other participants included:

•Digre, Brian (Chair)
•Freeman, Kevin (Discussant)

•Clary: The Arab Spring: A Wave Of Democracy Or A Blip Upon The Radar Of Political Development?
•Albassam: Political Reform In Saudi Arabia: Necessity Or Luxury?
•Hosseinzadeh: The Pharaoh’S Tomb: The Pharaoh's Tomb: The Rise And Fall Of Dictators And Democratic Aspirations In Egypt


3-7 July 2011
Time: Wednesday 13.00, 6 July (MRT250)
Location: co-hosted by the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University
Morning plenary sessions will take place at the Ottawa Convention Centre
Ottawa Canada

I am presenting on the panel titled, "Empowering Girls and Women through Gender Reform in Education and Literacy."  Other presentations include:

Beyond the State: Legitimatizing Gender Equity in Education in Taiwan. Shu-Ching Lee, Graduate Institute of Sociology of Education, Nanhua University, Taiwan
This is a presentation about an article which examines the formation of the Gender Equity Education Law in Taiwan, detailing the struggles, contentions, and negotiations that underlay the eventual approval of gender reform in education.

Towards Empowerment of the Nigerian Girl-Child: A Socio-Cultural Diagnosis. Adebola Helen EbunOluwa, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria; Madu Katherine Omeriyang, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
This presentation/paper examines the socio-cultural factors affecting the education of girls and women in Nigeria. It explores the most prominent factors such as early marriage, widowhood practices, Female Genital Mutilation, and other harmful traditional practices with multiple effects and implications.

Trokosi: Challenging Girls' Exclusion from Education Using International Laws. Dr. Betty Baba, University of Ottawa, Canada
This paper explores the customary practices of trokosi, portraying how women remain powerless in spite of the guarantees of their human rights through domestic and international laws. Grassroots research from a feminist perspective examines violence, inequality against women, and solutions to end it.


24-26 June 2011
Time: Saturday 25 June at 16.45
Palais des Congrès, Fez , Morocco

I presented along with my wonderful friend Natalie McGarry on the panel titled, "Women, orality, illiteracy and the new media in the Mediterranean region." Other presentations included:

Christie Edwards (Vital Voices, Washington DC)
Approaches to literacy and information through social media by international donors and civil society groups

Hela Kochbati (Researcher, Tunisia)
Arab women’s rights and images in the media: The promotion of gender beyond sexism (French)

Farida Bouassoune (President, Center for Studies and Research on Women, Sidi
Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez)
‘Women of Morocco’ : What reading of Moroccan society?


Saturday 9 April 2011
1st Annual Intercultural Communication Graduate Research Expo
The Commons building, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250

Earlier Presentations

World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
July 2010, “Women, Illiteracy and Public Participation: Barriers to Transforming Governance in Arab states?”

Politics of Misrecognition, Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol, UK
January 2010, “The Treatment of Illiterate Women in Moroccan Media and Society”

National Technology and Social Science Conference 2009, Las Vegas NV USA
April 2009, “The Exports of Morocco’s Rif Mountain Region: Migrants and Hashish”

Virginia Social Science Association Annual Conference, Virginia State University, Petersburg VA USA
March 2009, “Democracy in the Middle East: Trends and Controversies in the Literature since the Bush Doctrine”

International Studies Association South Conference, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland VA USA
October 2008, “Challenges of research in the Middle East: Incorporating Study Abroad into Graduate Research”

International Conference on Global Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago IL USA
May 2008, Parsing Lebanon’s Drug Economy: The Global Political Economy of Narcotics and Lebanese Sovereignty”

National Technology and Social Science Conference 2008, Las Vegas NV USA
April 2008, “Water in the Hashemite Kingdom: How policy decisions regarding water since 1946 have hindered and encouraged stability, security and prosperity in Jordan and the Middle East”

Battleground States Conference, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH USA
February 2008, “Do Parliamentary Electoral Quotas for Women Enhance Democracy?”

II Crossing Over: Cleveland State University Symposium, Cleveland OH USA
October 2007, (panel chair and presenter), “Clash between Development and Foreign Interests in Morocco’s Rif Mountains”

SIETAR USA 7th Annual Conference “Interculturalists in the World: Ahead of the Curve or Behind the Times?” November 2006, (session organizer & presenter), 4th Young SIETAR Pre-Conference Day: “Young SIETAR: New and Old Trends for Newcomers to the Field: E-communication and Intercultural Careers”
Albuquerque NM USA

SIETAR USA 6th Annual Conference “Blending Cultures, Building Strength,” Jersey City NJ USA
November 2005, (organizer and co-facilitator), 3rd Young SIETAR Pre-Conference Day, “Insights into Different Career Paths: Corporate, Academia, Non-Profit and Self-Employed”

Crossing Over: “Learning to Navigate the Borderlands of Intercultural Encounters” Cleveland State University Symposium, Cleveland OH USAOctober 2005, “Booze and la Bibine:An Intercultural Look into Alcohol Consumption in the United States and France during the 20th Century and Today”