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The F word does not exist in Arabic

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I have been struggling to articulate the term Feminism in my native language (Arabic). The word itself does not exist in Arabic. Thus, the concept is commonly referred to as ‘Women’s rights’ (حقوق المرأة) and it is sometimes translated to ‘Womanism’ (النسوية) although the latter is used in academic context but not commonly used in spoken language. It is strange that such a rich and complex language does not have a term for a global historical concept like feminism. It is ironic, on the other hand that the term ‘masculinism’ (الذكورية) is a very well know term in Arabic. This made me wonder, is Arabic a sexist language?

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All what we need is an ‘Open Dialog’

 

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Dialogue

Daniel Yankelovich distinguishes between dialogue, debate, discussion and deliberation. While debate aims at winning an argue, dialogue is a win-win situation. In discussions, there does not have to be equality, empathy and exploration of assumptions, whereas these three elements are essential in dialogue. Finally, deliberation is an activity that is more concerned about solving problems and making decisions, whereas in dialogue that is not the case. Continue reading “All what we need is an ‘Open Dialog’”

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Why Positive Activism?

 

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The Problem-oriented approach

As in “positive psychology” and the problem-oriented approach in traditional psychology, similarly, other applied areas including activism have been problem-focused. The problem with traditional activism is that it works similar to the media where it attracts attention to the problems and the negative aspects of the world. As a result, this constant exposure to bad news and stories can play a significant role in making people either emotionally-charged or apathy and numb. This could also affect activists and cause psychological problems such as secondary trauma stress disorder (STSD).

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Is technology the answer?

 

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Can Technology replace social Engineering?

In his article (1966), Can Technology Replace Social Engineering?, Alvin Weinberg introduced the term technological fix to the lexicon of technology (and HCI). Weinberg remarked that although social problems are much more complex than technological problems, however, technological fixes can be applied to tackle or at least reduce social problems. To illustrate this, he discussed two examples of social problems,  Continue reading “Is technology the answer?”

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If you are excellent, see a psychologist

What is wrong with psychology?

In his book “A Primer in Positive Psychology“, Christopher Peterson observed that since World War II and for 60 years now, psychology has worked with the “disease model” focusing on human problems . He remarked that this focus has yielded remarkable achievements in this field. For instance, 60 years ago, it was not possible to treat disorders, but now 14 disorders are treatable and 2 of which are curable. However, this focus, according to Peterson, lacks balance for three reasons.

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Technological Design and Social Justice (workshop)

“I have been lucky to be accepted to participate in a great workshop titled “Exploring Social Justice, Design, and HCI ” which is one of the workshops to be conducted in CHI conference 2016.

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In this blog post, I will briefly discuss the topic of social justice and technological design. Then I will explain the role of social justice in my research. Finally, I will provide some insights and takeaway notes from the workshop.

So, what is social justice anyway?

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