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Call for Contributors - Feminism in Crisis? Gender and the Arab Public Sphere

Date: October-04-2017 12:00 AM till January-20-2018 12:00 AM
Location: Online
Contact Person: Feminism in Crisis ,
Category: Conference

Call for Contributors for the conference “Feminism in Crisis? Gender and the Arab Public Sphere” which is scheduled to take place at AUB on 19 & 20 January, 2018.          

•         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 lip service 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 & Memory Forum
Nadje Al-Ali, Professor in Gender Studies and Chair of the Center for Gender Studies at SOAS University

Call for Contributors
Call for Submissions

We 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. We are interested in a variety of topics including gender roles and identities, women’s rights 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. We 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 (submission 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: 5 November 2017. Submissions should be emailed to Selected contributors will be notified by 20 November 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 email us at:

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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