Calling Palestine: Enriching Learning in Women’s Studies
Glyn Rimmington, Deborah Gordon, Wichita State University, United States ; Khamis Shalabi, Director of Research, Gender Directorate, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Abstract: This presentation explores how the use of inexpensive technologies, enriched student learning about Arab Women and the Middle East. The goal was to understand that the meaning of gender emerges within disparate political and social contexts that are nonetheless connected through post-colonial and neo-colonial ties. Before students enter the classroom, they have been exposed to supposed truths, arising from 19th century, European colonialism and U.S. support for the state of Israel. The villainous, authoritarian man oppresses "his" veiled, subjugated woman, thereby justifying the intervention of the West. Positioned within Western colonialism, Western women then define feminism as about them saving Arab women from Arab men. Women's Studies majors taking courses about the Middle East face un-learning as much as re-learning. Direct contact with Palestinians proved to be a powerful tool to cut through political and intellectual preconceptions and media-inspired half-truths.
Rimmington, G., Gordon, D. & Shalabi, K. (2003). Calling Palestine: Enriching Learning in Women’s Studies. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1437-1440). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).