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Call for Papers: Feminism in Crisis? Gender and the Arab Public Sphere

10/04/2017
Call for Papers
Feminism in Crisis? Gender and the Arab Public Sphere
Conference at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
January 19-20, 2018
 
Conveners
Carmen Geha, Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Sara Mourad, Assistant Professor of Media Studies
Rim Saab, Assistant Professor of Social Psychology
 
Conference Overview
The Arab public sphere is characterized by a patriarchal logic that ignores, sidelines, and violates women’s interests, needs, and rights. In government, public institutions, social movements, and the media, the exclusion of women from public life has had historical and ongoing repercussions on their economic, political, and symbolic status in society.
 
Since the beginning of the popular uprisings in 2011 and the subsequent civil and regional wars, women in the Arab world have become a renewed subject of knowledge production and policy debates. International non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations have acknowledged and addressed the particular experiences and challenges of women in times of revolution, war, and displacement. Governments across the region have passed new legislations addressing domestic violence, sexual harassment, and personal status laws.
 
In the midst of the geopolitical crises sweeping the region, and between state-feminism’s lipservice to women’s rights on one hand and the NGOization of activism and political participation on the other, this interdisciplinary academic conference asks: what can feminism accomplish? Contributions will address this question in the context of the following four streams:
  1. Civil society, social movements, and collective action
  2. Political economy, electoral and public institutions
  3. Media, representation, and creative practices
  4. War, conflict, and displacement
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Hoda Elsadda, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University, founding member of Women and Memory Forum
Nadje Al-Ali, Professor  in  Gender  Studies  and  Chair of  the  Center  for  Gender  Studies  at  SOAS University
 
Call for Submissions
Organizers invite theoretical and empirical submissions from scholars from a wide range of fields and disciplines that apply a feminist and intersectional lens to the study of violence, inequality, and injustice in societies in the Arab region and their diasporas. Organizers are interested in a variety of topics including gender roles and identities, women’srights and policy-making, the transformation of masculinity and femininity, feminist organizing and community-building, the intersections of feminism with labor, LGBT, anti-racist, and anti-sectarian movements, as well as theoretical and methodological orientations in the study of gender and sexuality.
 
Organizers welcome a variety of presentation formats, such as individual paper presentations, panel sessions and roundtable discussions. The working language of the conference will be English (submissions and presentations in Arabic are welcome but no translation will be provided). A selection of accepted papers will potentially be published in a themed special journal issue.
 
Deadline   for   abstract   submission:   November 5, 2017. Submissions   should   be   emailed   to aub2018conference@gmail.com. Selected contributors will be notified by November 20, 2017.
 
Submission Format
 
Name(s)
Title(s) and affiliation(s)
Select one of the following conference streams for your submission:
  1. Civil society, social movements and collective action
  2. Political economy, electoral and public institutions
  3. Media, cultural representation, and creative practices
  4. War, conflict and displacement
Paper or contribution title
Abstract of 350 words
Short bio of 250 words
Corresponding email address
 
For submissions or conference inquiries please send an email to: aub2018conference@gmail.com.
 
This conference is generously funded by the AUB Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Arab and Middle East Studies.


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