Performing Gender in the Middle East

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Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

Since the Arab Spring the Middle East has undergone numerous changes. The role of women in and post the revolution remains one of the most interesting developments in Middle Eastern nations. This issue of Gender Forum will provide a specific area focus in Gender Studies, but also provide a gendered understanding of prevailing discourses, ideologies, social practices and trends in Middle East societies and politics. We are looking forward to submissions with an interdisciplinary scope as well as readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology and anthropology to political science, media studies all based within gender studies. Possible topics may include:

Islam & Patriarchy: Gender Ideologies and Social Practices
The State & 'Gender Regimes': Modernization, Reform and Citizenship
Families & 'Selves': Social Relations and Identity Constructions
Gender & Sexuality: From 'Honour & Shame' to Queer
Exploring Masculinities: Hegemonic and subordinate masculinities
Feminism & Women's Movements: Women's rights and the struggle for 'authenticity'
Autobiographies & Fiction: Gendered writing and creativity
New Public Spheres: Gendering the media and the Internet
War & Conflict: Gendering Violence and Peace in the Middle East

The deadline for finished papers is January 10, 2015

(Publication date: March 2015)