Update: Re-Positioning and Re-Constructing Muslim Women’s Identity-ACLA 2013, Toronto, April 4-7

full name / name of organization: 
American Comparative Literature Association
contact email: 
sobia.khan@utdallas.edu

Muslim women have been the subject of interrogation and questioning both in the Muslim world and in the non-Muslim world. A relentless questioning of their ‘role,’ ‘subjectivity,’ and ‘identity’ has been fair game for both intellectual and popular debate. This debate has become more pronounced in the aftermath of 9/11, break-up of the Russian block, migration of Muslims (refugees and others) from their native countries, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and after the Arab Spring. The ‘face’ of the Muslim woman stares back at the onlooker from the covers of magazines, from Orientalized and romanticized visions to that of women suppressed by patriarchy and illiteracy. This panel then aims to explore texts of the silenced, excluded, marginalized and celebrated Muslim women. It examines how each woman tells her story, constructs and reconstructs her identity, speaks beyond the confines of the ‘Other’, and negotiates her identity in a globalized and imperial world.

This panel aims to explore questions of a Muslim Women’s identity in all its facets. We invite papers that explore, define, reposition, reconstruct, complicate, explicate Muslim women’s identity from a variety of scholarly perspectives including those that are based on an open definition of literature such as literary, historical, political, religious, popular media, and journalistic media literature among others. In short, this session welcomes papers on Muslim Womens’ identity from multiple disciplines, geographical areas, and scholarly perspectives.

Please submit your abstract and author bio By Nov 15 at http://www.acla.org/acla2013/propose-a-paper-or-seminar/

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
popular_culture
postcolonial
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond