Sunday, April 23, 2006


Gender Across Borders Conference- University at Buffalo

We joined art, literature, sociology, and anthropology scholars in Buffalo for the academic conference Gender Across Borders II: Research Subjects. We were honored to be the only independent scholars invited to this event.

Among presenters such as Bhanu Kapil, Naropa University professor at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, we presented excerpts from Expat Harem that most radically illuminate the contextuality of gender and gender roles as experienced by our contributors during their assimilation to Turkish culture.

Sitting in on our presentation were friends of relatives, including Liuda Balcius, a visually-impaired charity activist who will be enlisting Expat Harem in a program by the US Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) to record audio transcription of our book for nationwide distribution.

The image above is a photo of performance art by Ana Mendieta, whose works were analyzed by one of the presenters at the conference. This image was selected for the cover of the conference booklet.

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