Yaqub, Nadia Gail

Senior Humanities Research Fellow Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA University of California, Berkeley; MJ University of California, Berkeley; MA University of California, Berkeley; PhD University of California, Berkeley

Research Areas: Arab World; Film, literature, and photography, Visual Culture, Gender


Nadia Yaqub is the author of Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Art: the Oral Poetry Dueling of Weddings in the Galilee (Brill, 2006), Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution (University of Texas Press, 2018), and numerous articles and book chapters about Arab film and literature. She is also co-editor with Rula Quawas of Bad Girls of the Arab World (University of Texas Press, 2017). Her current research projects include an edited volume about visual representations of the Gaza Strip titled “Gaza On Screen.” At NYU Abu Dhabi she will be researching and writing engaged Arab cinema of the 1970s and 1980s with a focus on transnational connections and regional initiatives during that period.

Current Research

My current research focuses on transnational Arab cinema of the 1970s and 1980s. I study this period through the various film collectives, gatherings of filmmakers, critics, and other writers, and transnational writings by film practitioners of the period. I anticipate that this research will shed light on a particular type of interstitial filmmaking from the Arab world that worked with but not entirely within structures of national cinema and coproductions and that used that precarious positioning to engage in aesthetic experimentation and political expression.