'Picnic in a Minefield: teaching women in Kurdistan' a Muslim Women in Education seminar

Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Date: Tuesday 15th March
Time: 7pm – 8.15pm
Venue: The Women’s Library, 25 Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT
To book a place email: directormwine@aol.com

The new Iraq promised social, academic and personal freedom to its women. This is what Francesca Recchia expected to find when she took up her post as lecturer in Sociology at a university in Erbil in August 2008. But the reality was far more complex.

In ‘Picnic in a minefield’, Francesca will be in conversation with Rania Hafez, Founder & Director of Muslim Women in Education, about her experiences living with and teaching the women of Kurdistan.

Join us on Tuesday 15th March to hear Francesca’s fascinating portraits of the amazing women she taught and learnt from in Erbil.

Muslim Women in Education is a voluntary network; we request a voluntary contribution of £5 to cover the cost of room hire and refreshments.

The seminar is open to women and men of all faiths and none.

Dr Francesca Recchia is a researcher and lecturer. She has worked in several countries including Iraq, India, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Pakistan, and Palestine. Her work focuses on the relations between social practices, cultural identities and transformation of places. Her publications include ‘Within the Circle of Fear: field notes from Iraqi Kurdistan’ in Sarai Reader 08 Fear; ‘Memory and Place: Perspectives from Iraqi Kurdistan’ in Third Text Asia; and ‘Radical Territories of Affection’ in Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization.


Muslim Women in Education is a professional network for women educators. Its aims are to:
· Re-invigorate the Islamic intellectual tradition of rational discourse
· Defend the professional autonomy of Muslim women educators
· Promote open discussion and debate on professional and educational issues