Carving Out a Space for Critical Writing

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Marnia Lazreg


An analysis of my personal journey growing up in a dominated society and studying in an American university. I recount my quest for a de-centered knowledge, which the problématique of second-wave feminist theory enabled me to partially achieve as I started writing about power, gender, and social theory.

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Lazreg, M. (2020). Carving Out a Space for Critical Writing. Journal of World Philosophies, 5(2), 139–144. Retrieved from
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Marnia Lazreg, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Marnia Lazreg is a professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center (CUNY). She is a graduate of the University of Algiers, from which she received a Baccalaureate in Mathematics and Philosophy, as well as a licence-ès-Lettres in English. She also received an MA and a PhD in sociology from New York University. Lazreg is the recipient of fellowships from the Bunting Institute (Harvard University); the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women (Brown University); the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy); and the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). In spring 2017 she was a Distinguished Fellow of the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center. She received an award for “outstanding achievements and contribution to community empowerment” from the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York, on March 5, 2018, in celebration of Women’s International Day. She has published in the areas of human rights, social class inequality, cultural movements, and gender in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has appeared in translation in several foreign languages. In addition to her academic work, Lazreg has served as consultant, especially with the United Nations Development Program, and organized gender and development workshops in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in China, North Korea, and Vietnam. She is the author of several articles, essays, monographs, and books. Her books include: The Eloquence of Silence: Algerian Women in Question (second edition, Routledge, 2018); Foucault’s Orient: The Conundrum of Cultural Difference From Tunisia to Japan (Berghahn 2017, 2020); Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton, 2008, 2017); and Questioning the Veil: Open Letters to Muslim Women (Princeton, 2010).