Region-wide tumult has kept Middle East Studies researchers and scholars at attention, but professor and SUP author, Frances Hasso, asserts that the popular narrative of crisis and uprising has produced a certain tunnel vision in the field. With the rise of more short-form scholarship—video, social and online media—and the seemingly constant surge of protests, revolts, and war that has sent many scholars scurrying from one area of study to the next, Hasso posits that research on the region may become less sophisticated and more monolithic. In this brief podcast she offers her 2 cents on the current landscape of Middle East Studies scholarship.
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Frances S. Hasso is Associate Professor in Women's Studies and Director of the International Comparative Studies Program of Sociology at Duke University. She is the author of Resistance, Repression, and Gender Politics in Occupied Palestine and Jordan and Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East.