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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 jp02@aub.edu.lb 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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