Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes
The goals of this online exhibit are to convey that —
1) Arab Americans have been an integral part of U.S. society since its inception
2) there is a discrepancy between who Arab Americans are and how they are generally perceived by the U.S. public
3) this discrepancy is the result of Orientalism: over generalized and distorted images and ideas produced by U.S. institutions, particularly the media
4) stereotypes of Arabs are part of a longer history of Othering that has been faced by many ethnic groups, and
5) stereotypical representations are not harmless images but come with a range of consequences and impacts.
Welcoming remarks & overview of the exhibit
Watch other exhibit videos by Professor Alsultany on the website. Video topics include:
- Orientalism, exoticism & exaggerated perceptions of the Middle East
- The power of stereotypes
- The ways pop culture participates in stereotyping, creating an “Other”
- Representations of Arab Women
- Representations of Arab Men
- History of representations of the Middle East in U.S. popular culture
“Reclaiming Identity Online: An Interview with Evelyn Alsultany, Jane Abell, American Anthropologist, Vol. 118, Issue 1, March 2016, 161-165.
Jeff Karoub, “From harems to terrorism: Dearborn museum website aims to explore, overcome Arab stereotypes,” The Miami Herald, June 19, 2011, Alsultany Miami Herald Exhibit.
Michael Hodges, “Dearborn museum presents Web tour of anti-Arab bias,” The Detroit News, June 28, 2011, Alsultany Detroit News Exhibit.