Transforming Femininities in Saudi Arabia: Space, power and ‘reform’

Hans Olav Arnesen      |      10/02/2017

A seminar with Amélie Le Renard, The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and a member of Centre Maurice Halbwachs.

Free admission and open for all.

Book cover: Standford University Press (2014)

In the 2000s, the Saudi government has promoted a new role for Saudi women in the framework of its ‘reform’ discourse, aiming to change the image of the nation. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Riyadh, this presentation discusses young urban Saudi women’s mobile lifestyles and access to various spaces. In particular, it will analyze how their inclusion as professionals in multinationals transforms gender norms, opening career opportunities but also creating new constraints.

Amelie Le Renard is a permanent researcher at CNRS (Paris). She has published A Society of Young Women. Opportunities of Space, Power and Reform in Saudi Arabia (Stanford University Press, 2014).

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