Pieces of Us: The Intimate as Imperial Archive

Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Volume 14, Issue 3, Duke University Press

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This article uses a multigenerational lens to address the tangible and intangible embodiments of the US-Saudi oil empire in the lives of the three sister authors. This multi-sited intimate geography of empire challenges national categories and recognizes that mixing and migrations, forced or desired, shape and define all families. It explores the look, feel, and sounds of lifeworlds in the US imperial outpost of Aramco using an immense archive of family photographs and Fadia Basrawi’s memoir, Brownies and Kalashnikovs: A Saudi Woman’s Memoir of American Arabia and Wartime Beirut (2009). It considers the geopolitics of oil and the worlds it produced in the intimate relations and domestic quarters of the Aramco oil camp in the 1950s and 1960s, in the authors’ childhoods in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, which also involved US imperialism, and as embodied in their lives at present.



Light in Wartime

June 7 – July 28, 2018 

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Film screening: Artists respond to Gaza

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Mayday Space 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237


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Studio Walking Tour: Alternative Photographic Processes in Brooklyn

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Brooklyn, New York (Meeting point will be shared with RSVP)


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Inside apexart: The Real Photo Show Podcast Recorded Live

Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 pm


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Listen to the episode 72 here!

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Photojournalism Today

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30 pm


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The Photo Show with Michael Chovan-Dalton. A podcast about photographers

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Appearances & Disappearances

A two-woman photographic exhibition at North of History, NY

May 3 – May 30, 2018 

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Read the full article by Bonnie Clearwater HERE

Selkeh W Emneh

Feb 26 – April 9, 2017

From Brooklyn to Beirut

Dec.14, 2017

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