The Dean’s Global Forum at Northwestern University in Qatar is a series of lectures that features eminent leaders from academe, the media, the arts, and public affairs. In conversations with Dean and CEO Marwan M. Kraidy, distinguished speakers address enduring issues and pressing global matters and share insights from their career trajectory and life experiences.

Past Speakers

Prathama Banerjee

Prathama Banerjee is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. She works at the cusp of political philosophy, philosophies of time, conceptual history and aesthetic theory. Her books include The Politics of Time: 'primitives' and history-writing in a colonial society (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Elementary Aspects of the Political: histories from the Global South (Duke University Press, 2020).  She is currently interested in a longue duree history of political concepts in South Asia and in the futures of democracy in the contemporary digital cum viral age.

Amal Al Malki

Amal Mohammed Al-Malki is the founding dean of the College of Humanities and SocialSciences at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Translation and Interpreting Institute, which she founded in 2011. She has taught courses in writing composition, postcolonial literature, theories of translation and Islamic feminism. She holds a Master’s Degree in English-Arabic applied linguistics and translation, and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of London-SOAS.

Al-Malki was recognized as QF Achiever in Qatar Foundation’s global campaign in 2011 and was the first Muslim to be invited as a keynote speaker at City University in New York after 9/11. She has lectured at Durham University, SOAS, and Maryland University among others. In 2018, Al-Malki was selected by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in Paris as “Future personality for Gender Equality” from Qatar. Focusing on women’s rights and Arab identity, Al-Malki strives to help deepen international understanding of Qatar and its evolving place in the world.

Eve Troutt Powell

The inaugural speaker for the Dean’s Global Forum is Professor Eve Troutt Powell, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the United States.

An authority on colonialism and slavery in the Ottoman Empire and the Nile Valley, she teaches these topics and the history of the modern Middle East. As a cultural historian, she emphasizes the exploration of literature and film in her courses. She is the author of A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of the Sudan (University of California, 2003) and the co-editor, with John Hunwick, of The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam (Princeton Series on the Middle East, Markus Wiener Press, 2002). Her most recent book is Tell This in My Memory: Stories of Enslavement in Egypt, Sudan and the Late Ottoman Empire (Stanford University Press, 2012). 

Troutt Powell received her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, she taught at the University of Georgia. She has received fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt and the Social Science Research Council and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2003 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. 

Professor Troutt Powell is working on a book about the visual culture of slavery in the Middle East, which will explore the painting and photography about African and Circassian slavery in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Africana Studies and the president-elect of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA).