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Sexual Sovereignty - 2013

Call For Papers

Sexual Sovereignty: Citizenship, Governmentality, and Territory

American University of Beirut
March 13-15, 2013

We invite submissions for 20-minute papers for a conference on Sexual Sovereignty, to be hosted by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR) and co-sponsored by the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)

This 3-day conference will focus on the relationships between processes of state formation, territorialization, and claims to sovereignty and the politics of gender and sexuality.

Themes of the conference include:

  • settler colonialism and indigenous sexualities
  • homonationalisms, sexual rights discourses, and Orientalism
  • religion and sexuality, and recent Arab uprisings and questions of gender and sex

Possible paper topics include:

  • biopolitics and sexuality; pinkwashing
  • Palestinian global solidarity organizing
  • systems of confessionalism and gender
  • feminist and queer movements in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Arab revolutions, uprisings and gender
  • fundamentalism, secularism, and gender
  • mobility, space, geography, sexuality
  • securitization, militarization, and masculinity

We are especially interested in hearing from gender and sexuality studies scholars based in the MENA region.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Peter Coviello, Bowdoin College
  • Beth Povinelli, Columbia University
  • Sima Shakhsari, Wellesley University
  • Paul Amar, UC Santa Barbara
  • J Kehaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University

Please e-mail a note of interest and paper title with 250 word abstract to Jasbir Puar at no later than January 5th. Inquiries welcome.

Dr. Jasbir K. Puar

Edward Said Chair of American Studies

American University of Beirut / CASAR

PO Box: 11-0236 Riad El Solh

Beirut 1107 2020 Lebanon

tel +961 76-537785/ ext. 4196

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