Geographies of Gender in the Arab Revolutions
20 & 21 September 2013
Durham, North Carolina
A workshop and edited volume addressing the spatial dimensions of gender and sexuality in the Arab Revolutions, organized by Frances S. Hasso (Duke University) and Zakia Salime (Rutgers University) and hosted by Duke Women`s Studies. Co-sponsors: Duke Islamic Studies Center/Carnegie Transcultural Islam Project, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Franklin Humanities Institute, International Comparative Studies Program.
From Bahrain and Syria to Yemen and Morocco, the Arab revolutions have produced, changed, or reinvigorated contestations around space, embodiment, expression, marginalization, militarization, religion, and belonging/inclusion/citizenship. These struggles have produced newly dynamic political fields marked by significant fragmentation. This book project is especially concerned with the gendered spatialized, materialized, and discursive realms and registers of these revolutions. We are seeking original papers from scholars based in the region and elsewhere for an edited volume titled “Geographies of Gender in the Arab Revolutions” to be released in 2014. These papers may come from any discipline or interdiscipline, but must be informed by transnational feminist and critical geography scholarship and grounded in knowledge of history and context. The deadline for a short paper proposal is 31 March 2013. The most promising papers will be invited to submit a fuller paper and participate in a two-day workshop hosted by Duke University on 20-21September 2013. Travel, housing, and food expenses will be covered for all invited authors, although no honorarium will be paid. Papers included in the September workshop will likely be included in the edited volume, “Geographies of Gender in the Arab Revolutions.”
All disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches in the social sciences and humanities are welcome and transnational approaches are encouraged. Paper foci may include but are not limited to: social movements; space (metaphorical or material) and the built environment; sexual and gender strategies, practices, identities, or discourses, with attention to masculinities and femininities encouraged; institutional dynamics (states, religious, transnational or international, family, media); and visuality, sound, aesthetics, or performance.
- 31 March 2013: Interested scholars should submit a five to ten page double-spaced paper, bibliographical references of sources, and a 100-word biography, all in English, to Hasso and Salime. This paper should include the author’s main argument, research methods and focus, and sources analyzed. Longer and more developed papers are welcome.
- 30 April 2013: The authors of accepted initial papers will receive detailed comments and questions from Hasso and Salime no later than this date and will be invited to submit a much more complete twenty to twenty-five page double-spaced penultimate draft by 15 July 2013.
- By mid-July 2013: Flight arrangements will be made for all invited participants for the September 2013 workshop at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Arrangements can be made earlier for full papers that are received earlier by the editors/organizers.
- 20-21September 2013: An intensive two-day workshop focused on improving the quality of each accepted paper will be held. This workshop will include all authors and other invited interlocutors from Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and elsewhere. All participants will be expected to read each paper in advance. The organizers hope to include an acquisitions editor to facilitate the development of a coherent and high quality manuscript. This workshop will include approximately fifteen people. We will cover local housing, travel, and food costs of non-local participants to attend the September workshop, as well as the meals of local participants.
- 1 December 2013: Final papers with all revisions, images, tables, and so on are due to the workshop organizers/editors.
The editors/organizers welcome comments or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit the workshop website.