HIGH POINT, N.C., April 30, 2010 – Dr. Nahed Eltantawy, assistant professor of journalism at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the 2010 National Convention of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in St. Louis, Mo. The convention, which helps to promote the study of popular and American culture and to support the research and teaching of scholars, was held March 31-April 3.
Eltantawy’s paper, titled “From Wailing Mother to Martyr: The Palestinian Female Suicide Bomber,” examined a textual analysis of Western newspapers’ coverage of seven Palestinian female suicide bombers who conducted a series of bombings between 2001 and 2004.
In her paper, Eltantawy argues that it is not easy to explain the reasons that get a male or female to commit suicide bombings, because in most of these cases the bomber dies in the act. Yet, when a woman is the bomber, the media feels compelled to answer the ?why? question, given that suicide bombings by women are seen as unusual and unfeminine. But in doing so, reporters keep revisiting Western stereotypes of the Muslim female other, who is weak, oppressed, helpless and controlled by men.
“I really enjoyed attending the conference and found meeting with other scholars to be very helpful,” Eltantawy says. “I received a lot of feedback on my paper, which will help me turn it into a publishable article.”
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