Urban Poetics and Politics in Contemporary South Asia and the Middle East

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Moussa Pourya Asl, Ph.D., Universiti Sains Malaysia
contact email: 


Urban Poetics and Politics in Contemporary South Asia and the Middle East


Abstract Submission Deadline: Jun 15, 2022

Full Chapters Due: Aug 28, 2022

Publisher: IGI Global (Tier-1;Nearly all IGI Global publications are indexed in Scopus)

Webpage: https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/5937



This edited book seeks chapter proposals that explore geographies of women’s urban experiences as depicted within the South Asian and the Middle Eastern Anglophone literature of the twenty-first century. The book is especially concerned with women’s stories that map the geography of the city as simultaneously gendered and un-gendered; narratives that reveal a series of truths about women’s oppression and activism in the city. Some of the questions that are of interest in this volume include: How women experience, navigate, contest and appropriate city spaces; how the gendered structure of the city restricts, controls, and shapes women’s life; how the misogynist nature of urban spaces creates in women a dystopian experience of the city; how the gendered structure of the city serves to promote violence against women; how the unjust geographies of the city help to exclude women from social participation; how women reassert their subjectivity by un-gendering urban spaces; how women use urban spaces to renegotiate gender roles; how women’s urban protests create feminist solidarity and alliance among women in the city; how women’s urban activism redefines spatial boundaries and cartographies of the city. This edited book welcomes chapter contributions that address these and related questions and explore literary representations of city and city spaces as experienced by women in South Asia and the Middle East.


Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


Part I.   Gendering the City: Imagined and Experienced Urban Spaces

-          Unjust geographies and social inequality

-          Anonymity/Invisibility in the city and social exclusion

-          Geographies of violence and harassment

-          The city as an urban dystopia for female citizens

-          Geographies of separation and segregation

-          Spatial boundaries and anxieties

-          The urban gothic city in women’s stories

-          Class, race and discrimination

-          Disease, pollution and death in the city

-          Women out of place: displaced, re-rooted, transnational


Part II.  Un-Gendering the City: Women Activism and Contesting Urban Spaces

-          Urban spaces and the renegotiation of gender roles

-          Re-placing women, re-constructing the city

-          Contested urban spaces: Place and subjectivity

-          Heterotopias: the possible and the real

-          Solidarity and alliance across the city

-          Digital literary cartographies: Mapping women’s activism

-          Third spaces, contact zones, and shifting boundaries

-          Radical geographies and geographies of radicalism

-          Urban protests, anti-discrimination measures, and social movements


Submission Details:

Please submit 250 to 500 words abstract of your proposed book chapter clearly explaining how it addresses the details outlined above. The proposals must be submitted latest by Jun 15, 2022 via the online submission system available at:https://www.igi-global.com/publish/call-for-papers/call-details/5937  


After notification of acceptance of summaries, final book chapter submissions should be between 7,000-10,000 words latest by Aug 28, 2022. Final book chapters must adhere to the guidelines within the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.


Contact Info:

Moussa Pourya Asl, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer of Literary Studies

School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia

11800 USM, Penang, Malaysia

Phone: (+60) 04-6536043

Email: moussa.pourya@usm.my