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Najwa Adra on Yemen

AIYS member and fellow, Najwa Adra, now a Visiting Scholar at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University, has been active speaking about her research and consulting experience in Yemen over the past academic year. Dr. Adra first arrived in Yemen in 1978 to conduct ethnographic research in the highland valley of al-Ahjur.  She has returned many times since then on projects for the Population Council, FAO, UNICEF, USAID and the World Bank.

Publication:

• 2013 – 2014 Women and Peacebuilding in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities. Policy Brief, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF). Available online: http://www.peacebuilding.no/Regions/Middle-East-and-North-Africa/The-Gulf/Publications/Women-and-peacebuilding-in-Yemen-challenges-and-opportunities  Republished in Open Democracy, January 21, 2014 http://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/najwa-adra/women-and-peacebuilding-in-yemen-challenges-and-opportunities

Seminars, Professional Papers and Lectures:

• 2014 Challenges and Policies to Implement Yemen’s Quota System for Female Political Participation. Invited lecture, Middle East and North Africa Sustainable Sector Division, Gender and Development Discussion Series. WORLD BANK, Washington, D.C., April 2.

• 2014 Mediating Modernities: Tribe and State in Yemen. Seminar, Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University, March 10.

• 2014 Intangible Heritage and National Development in Yemen. Presented at Heritage and the Arab Spring: An International Symposium and Roundtable. Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, February 28.

• 2013 Yemeni Women’s Poetic Traditions. Public Lecture, Bridging Cultures: Poetic Traditions of the Muslim World, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI, November 17.

• 2013 Visions of Modernity: Tribes and National Development in Yemen. Paper presented at the panel, Tribe and Diatribe: Anthropology Meets Political Science. Meetings of the Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, October 12.

Panels Organized:

• 2014 Tribe and Diatribe: Anthropology Meets Political Science. Four anthropologists discuss the various meanings of tribalism in the Middle East and North Africa; a political scientist is discussant. The organizer will present a paper on Tribal Identity in Yemen. Panel accepted for World Council on Middle East Social Science (WOCMES) to be held in Ankara, August 18-22.

• 2014 Tribe in Yemen: The View from Within. Four Yemeni scholars from Sanaa University in Yemen will present different views on tribes in Yemen, especially in relation to the Arab Spring. Panel accepted for World Council on Middle East Social Science (WOCMES) to be held in Ankara, August 18-22, 2014.  The same panel will be presented at the Middle East Studies Meetings in Washingtion, DC, November.

• 2013 Tribe and Diatribe: Anthropology Meets Political Science. Organized panel, Meetings of the Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, October 12.