Umayyah Cable [Spring only]

Umayyah Cable [Spring only]

Visiting Scholar in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Umayyah Cable
Umayyah Cable is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York. Their teaching and research specializations span the fields of race and ethnic studies, film and media studies, postcolonial theory, and queer theory. They hold a BA from Smith College in American Studies, a PhD in American Studies & Ethnicity from the University of Southern California, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Visual Studies from the USC Visual Studies Research Institute. Before joining SUNY-Purchase, Umayyah completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University in the programs of Asian American Studies and Middle East and North African Studies.
Umayyah is currently completing a book manuscript on Arab American media activism and the mobilization of Palestine solidarity politics in the US. The project chronicles forty years of Arab American media activism on Palestine and how various controversies that surrounded that activism worked to increase awareness about Palestine while forging solidarities across marginalized groups. From the production of educational film strips, public television broadcasting, and narrative and documentary filmmaking, to film festival organizing and participation in Hollywood awards shows, Arab and Arab American activists and their allies have leveraged media production and distribution to resist stereotypes, produce knowledge about Palestine for general audiences, and cultivate solidarities across lines of race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Umayyah’s book review essays have been published in American Quarterly, International Journal of Communication, and Canadian Journal of History, and their article “An Uprising at The Perfect Moment: Palestine in the 1990s Culture Wars” will be published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies in March 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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