Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region contend with social practices founded on patriarchal values, confining them to a secondary position in these male-dominated societies. History, past and contemporary, is, however, also replete with examples of inspirational Arab women who transcend this socio-cultural reality, and successfully subvert that dominant narrative. These women have carved out public space for themselves and others throughout history, and have thus been effective agents of change. Examples are authors and historians, such as Huda Shaarawi, Nawal El Saadawi, and Fatima Mernissi, and writers like Sahar Khalifeh, Liana Badr, Huda Barakat, Ahlem Mosteghanemi, Leila Abouzeid, and Meral Tahawi, and the 2019 Man Booker Prize winner, Jokha Alharthi.
This conference is organized to celebrate the variety of roles of MENA women, past and present, to celebrate them, and to call for substantial change towards women’s equality in this Arab region. This call for papers invites submission of abstracts from scholars and graduate students. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from various fields, including literature, gender studies, history, law, public policy, and sociology are welcomed, as well as any papers showcasing and celebrating Arab women beyond those disciplines.
The online conference, organized by the Journal of Arabic and World Literature (London), will be held on November 7-8, 2020.
Abstracts (no more than 500 words), with three keywords and references, along with a short bio (no more than 150 words), including affiliation and email, shall be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission deadline: October 7, 2020
Registration Opens: July 11, 2020
Click here for a list of suggested topics and for information on how to register.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.