Women and Memory Forum

Hala Kamal

Hala Kamal is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. She obtained her PhD in 2003 from the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. Her thesis was entitled “Contemporary Immigrant Women’s Autobiography in the USA.”. She also obtained a Diploma in American Studies from Smith College, USA (1999-2000) on Women’s Studies, having written a thesis on “Theorizing the Personal: Academic Women’s Memoirs.” She obtained her MA from the School of English, University of Leeds, England (1993-1995). Kamal is particularly interested in women’s studies, and women’s writing, as well as translation theory and practice.

Due to her awareness of the importance of the production of gender knowledge in Arabic and her belief in specialised translation, she has focused in her translation work exclusively on the translation of gender and women’s studies material.

She joined the (then) Women and Memory Study Group as a research assistant in 1996, and became a founding member of the Women and Memory Forum in 1997. She began her involvement by forming the “WMF Storytelling Group” in 1997, based on the idea of critiquing gender-biased popular culture and re/writing fairytales from a feminist perspective, which includes: writing workshops; public storytelling; gender training through creative writing; and publications.


In English

  • “Translating Women and Gender”, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, 36: 3&4 (Fall/Winter 2008).
  • “Gendered Autobiography: Record and Inquiry,” Proceedings of the International Symposium on Comparative Literature – “Power and the Role of the Intellectual,” (Cairo University, 2006).
  • Editor of “A Conversation with Elaine Showalter: ‘Gynocriticism’ and Beyond,” Cairo Studies in English, (Cairo University, 2003).
  • “Aspects of American College Women’s Culture at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” Cairo Studies in English, (Cairo University, 2000).
  • “Feminising Aladdin: the Interplay of Gender and Culture in Re/Writing the Text,” Proceedings of the International Conference on “The Arabs and Britain: Changes and Exchanges”, (Cairo: The British Council, 1999).

In Arabic

  • “Awraq al-Nargis wa Kitabat al-Gunoon” (Leaves of Narcissus and Writing Madness), in Tiba: Al-Nisa’ wal-Ibda’ (Women and Creativity), Cairo: New Woman Research Centre, December 2007, pp. 35-48.
  • “Ahamiyyat al-Dirasaat al-Nisa’iyya fi al-Game’aat al-Misriyya” (The Importance of Establishing Women’s Studies in Egyptian Universities), in Tiba: Al-Nisa’ wal-Ta’leem (Women and Education), Cairo: New Woman Research Centre, June 2007, pp. 37-61. Received the 2nd Young Researchers Award in Gender Issues, the Egyptian National Council for Women, 2007.
  • “Mumarasat al-Horreya al-Fikriya Raghm Hisar al-Gami’a” (Excersising Freedom of Thought Despite Restrictions on Universities), Civil Society in the Arab World and the Challenge of Democracy, ed. Jean Said Makdisi et al, Beirut: Bahithat, 2004, pp. 159-168.
  • “Al-Haraka al-Nisa’iya Haraka Siyasiya” (The Women’s Movement as a Political Movement) in Tiba: Al-Nisa’ wal-Sulta (Women and Authority), Cairo: New Woman Research Centre, March 2004, pp. 7-21.
  • “Al-Fikr al-Niswi fi Misr: min al-Wa’y ila al-‘Amal”, (Feminist Thought in Egypt: from Consciousness to Activism), paper presented to the Conference on “Current Trends in Egyptian Thought”, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, February 2002.
  • “Kitabat al-That wa Siyasat al-Muqawama”, (Writing the Self and the Politics of Resistence in Nabawiya Musa’s Memoir), Al-Nisa’ Al-Arabiyat fi Al-‘Ashrinat: Huduran wa Hawiyya (Arab Women in the 1920s: Presence and Identity), eds. Jean Makdisi et al, Proceedings of Al-Bahithat Conference, Beirut 2001, pp. 211-224.
  • “Muhadaraat al-Far’ al-Nisa’i fi al-Gami’a al-Misriya: 1909-1912” (The Women’s Section at the Egyptian University: 1909-1912) in Min Ra’idaat al-Qarn al-‘Ashreen, ed. Hoda Elsadda, (Cairo: Women & Memory Forum, 2001), pp. 177-199.
  • Qalat al-Rawiya(Gender-Sensitive Fairy Tales and Feminist Stories), editor, (Cairo: Women and Memory Forum, 1999).
  • Tarikhi Bi-Qalami (The Memoir of Nabawiya Musa), co-editor with Rania Abdel-Rahman, (Cairo: Women & Memory Froum, 1999).
  • “Nabawiya Musa wa Ta’lim al-Banat fi Misr” (Nabawiya Musa and Girls’ Education in Egypt) in Hagar: Kitabul Mar’a (Hagar: On Women’s Issues), Vol. 5/6 :38-44, (Cairo: Dar Nusous, 1998).
  • “Suwar Lil-That al-Europiya fi Adab Ma-Ba’d al-Colonialiya” (Versions of the European Self in Post-Colonial Literature) in Al-Qahira, Nov. 1997, 180: 16-24.


Into Arabic

  • Nisa’ Misr fi al-Qarn al-Tasi’ ‘Ashar (Judith Tucker’s Women in Nineteenth Century Egypt), (Cairo: National Council for Translation, 2008).
  • “Al-Nisa’ fil Amthal Hawl al-‘Alam” (Mineke Schipper’s Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from Around the World), with Mona Ibrahim, (Cairo: Dar Al-Shorouk, 2008).
  • Editor of the English Translation of EWIC: Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures: Vol I (Brill, 2003) – Online translation into Arabic (2006): http://sjoseph.ucdavis.edu/ewic/volume1.htm
  • “Asda’ Niswiya” (Joan Scott’s article “Feminist Reverberations”), Ahwaal Misriya, Summer 2003, 21: 162-177 (Cairo: Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies).
  • Aswat Badeela: Al-Mar’a, Al-‘Irq, wal-Watan, (Alternate Voices: Women, Race and Nation) ed. Hoda Elsadda, (Cairo: Supreme Council for Culture, 2002).
  • Al-mar’a wal Junusa: al-Juthur al-Tarikhiya li-Qadiya Jadaliya Haditha, co-translator with Mona Ibrahim of Leila Ahmed’s Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate, (Cairo: Supreme Council for Culture, 1999).

Into English

  • Significant Moments in the History of Egyptian Women, Hoda Elsadda and Emad Abu-Ghazi (Cairo: National Council for Women, 2002).

Book Reviews

In English

  • “A Feminist Autobiography: Teta, Mother and Me, An Arab Woman’s Memoir”, in Al-Ra’ida, Arab Diaspora Women, 27:116-117, Winter/Spring 2007, Beirut, pp.82-84.
  • “Contemporary Egyptian Feminist Activism: Nadje Al-Ali, Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East: The Egyptian Women’s Movement” in Al-Ra’ida, Centenary Issue: Arab Women’s Movements, ed. Rosemary Sayigh, 20:100, Winter 2003, Beirut, pp.139-141.

In Arabic

  • “Al-Nisa’a wal-Rigal wal-‘Amal” (Padavic and Reskin’s Women and Men at Work) in Tiba: Al-Nisa’ wal-‘Amal, (Women and Labour), Cairo: New Woman Research Foundation, December 2006, 221-233.
  • “Rasm Al-Hudoud: Al-Falsafa wal-Niswiya” (Cressida J. Heyes’s Line Drawings: Defining Women through Feminist Practice, Philosphy and Feminism) in Tiba: Al-Nisa’ wal-Fada’ Al-Khass (Women and the Private Space), Cairo, New Woman Research Centre, September 2004, pp 215-223.
  • “Al-Wa’d fi al-Lugha wa al-Ma’agim al-Arabiya” (Female-Killing in Arabic Language and Lexicon) in Tiba: Al-Nisa’ wal-Khitabaat al-Thaqafiya (Women and Cultural Discourses), Cairo: New Woman Research Centre, May 2003, pp. 152-160.
  • “Al-Khurouj minal-Zill” (Joe Fisher’s Out of Shadow, Women, Resistance and Politics in South America in Tiba: Al-Nisa’ wal-Muqawama (Women and Resistance), Cairo: New Woman Research Centre, Jan. 2003, pp.75-82.
  • “Al-Mar’a wal Junusa fi Al-Islam: Leila Ahmed’s Women and Gender in Islam” in Tiba: Al-Nisa’ wal-Hawiyya (Women and Identity), Cairo: New Woman Research Centre, Jan. 2002, pp. 178-182.
  • “Awraq al-Nargis: Muqawamat al-Samt bil-Kitaba” (Leaves of Narcisus: Resisiting Silence through Writing) in Adab wa Naqd, Cairo, July 2001, pp. 65-70.

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