The “Feminism in Crisis? Gender and the Arab Public Sphere” conference, coconvened by Carmen Geha, Sara Mourad, and Rim Saab at the American University of Beirut, took place on January 19–20, 2018.1 It included keynote addresses by Nadje Al-Ali (University of London), Hoda Elsadda (Cairo University), Frances S. Hasso (Duke University), Beth Baron (City University of New York), and Islah Jad (Birzeit University). It also included multiple panels that ran in parallel over two days. The conference organizers asked what feminism can accomplish “in the midst of the geopolitical crises sweeping the region, and between state feminism’s lip service to women’s rights on one hand and the NGOization of activism and political participation on the other.”

While the conference disrupted the locality of feminist knowledge production and put feminisms in the region in conversation, it also brought...

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