Call for Papers – Special Issue of Feminist Theory on Arab Feminisms

NOTA BENE: This call for papers does not make specific reference to a HISTORICAL perspective, but could (should?).

Special Issue of Feminist Theory – Call for Papers
Arab Feminisms

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
* 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 an electronic
version ( 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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