AMEWS Association for Middle East Women's Studies

AMEWS Oral History Project

AMEWS has just launched a project to document its history from its early days to the present. To that end, we will be collecting and posting online statements from old and new members. Oral history is a way of telling history that is diverse and multilayered. The statements will be eclectic and varied and will we hope contribute to the wider history project. We begin with the memories of Louise Cainkar, associate professor of Social and Cultural Studies, Marquette University and longtime treasurer of AMEWS, interviewed by Ellen McLarney in San Antonio, TX, on November 16, 2018. The AMEWS Oral History committee consists of Nancy Gallagher and Sondra Hale, co-chairs, Ellen McLarney, and Sherene Hafez.

Leila Ahmed, part of the founding of AMEWS
Interviewed by Soha Bayoumi

Cambridge, MA., October 15, 2020

Valentine M. Moghadam, former AMEWS President (2003-2004)
Interviewed by Soha Bayoumi

Boston, MA, October 16, 2020

Jennifer Olmsted, AMEWS President-Elect
Interviewed by Amaney Jamal

New Orleans, LA, November 17, 2019

Lara Deeb, member of AMEWS
Interviewed by Sondra Hale

Culver City, CA, December 16, 2019

Amaney Jamal, AMEWS President 2013-2017
Interviewed by Nancy Gallagher

New Orleans, LA, November 16, 2019

Helen Rizzo, AMEWS Member-at-Large 2019-2021
Interviewed by Nancy Gallagher

New Orleans, LA, November 14, 2019

Nadje Al-Ali, AMEWS President 2009-2011
Interviewed by Sondra Hale

Culver City, CA, May 7, 2019

Azza Basarudin, AMEWS Secretary 2005-2013
Interviewed by: Sondra Hale

Los Angeles, CA, March 1, 2019

miriam cooke, AMEWS President 2001-2003
Interviewed by: Ellen McLarney

Durham, NC, December 17, 2018

Louise Cainkar, AMEWS Treasurer
Interviewed by: Ellen McLarney

San Antonio, TX, November 16, 2018

Susan Schaefer Davis, AMEWS President 1991-1993
Interviewed by: Nancy Gallagher

Philadelphia, PA, December 15, 2018