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Anastasia Valassopoulos

Call for Papers
Special Issue of Feminist Theory


Guest Editor: Anastasia Valassopoulos (University of Manchester)

Feminist Theory calls for papers for a special issue on Arab feminisms and Arab feminist theory
today. The special issue (to be published in 2010) will speak to transcultural concerns and seeks
to make explicit reference to the place of Arab feminism and Arab feminist thought within the
broader spectrum of current western and postcolonial feminism.

Essays are invited that will focus on updating the parameters of an Arab feminism, namely, on
foregrounding the issues that are today being discussed, theorised and implemented. Taking as
a given the complexities inherent in a broad topic such as Arab feminism, where objectives shift
continuously, the special issue does not aim to provide a history of Arab feminism, nor to
present conclusive statements on its formation but rather, to make visible the rich and
constructive work taking place within the field. The issue seeks to focus explicitly on recent
endeavours/projects that have focussed on women’s lives and cultural production in the Arab
world and its Diaspora, understood in explicit feminist terms as well as the constructive
theorisation that arises from these very endeavours.

This issue aims to be interdisciplinary in scope and we particularly welcome analyses that
originate from a variety of disciplines, including literature, sociology, political science,
anthropology, law, Middle Eastern Studies, ethnomusicology, television and media studies, or
film studies.

Some questions and topics to consider:
• The women’s movement in Palestine and recent developments therein
• Current theorisations of Islamic feminism
• the possibilities and practicalities of a transnational Arab feminism (case studies here will be
of particular interest)
• projects that have as their aim the preservation and distribution of Arab women’s narratives
• the representation and negotiation of roles for women in Arab popular culture
• post-2003 Iraqi women’s groups and their work
• Current re-interpretations of established Arab feminist thought

The deadline for submission of articles is 1 September 2008.

Submission guidelines regarding the length and layout of manuscripts are as posted in the
journal and available on <>. Please send your articles electronically
( as well as 6 hard copies to Dr. Anastasia
Valassopoulos, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, Oxford Road,
Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.

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