Call For Papers - Edited Volume on Young Arab Women Beyond Boundaries and Borders

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University is issuing a call for papers focused on feminist movements for gender equality and women’s rights across the region. The call is targeting young Arab women as the main contributors, in an attempt to highlight the voices and stories of those actively participating in these movements.

From its vantage point in Beirut, Lebanon, the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World held its breath as women flooded the streets in demand of their civil rights during the time now known as the Arab Spring. From Yemen – where Tawakul Karman first led demonstrations on a university campus in protest of then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh – to Bahrain – where Zainab al-Khawaj went on hunger strike in protest of the beating and arrest of her male family members – women of all ages and classes were at the vanguard of the Arab Spring.

Seven years later, and the pattern holds true. A new generation of young women is at the vanguard, defining “revolution” on their own terms. These women are disrupting normative boundaries, and expanding their networks across state and socioeconomic lines. Building from the solid foundation of the previous generations, these young women are stronger and better connected than ever before; this is leading to powerful, region- wide changes. In 2017 alone, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon all repealed “marry-your-rapist” laws, and Saudi Arabia has lifted the age-old ban on women driving. 

The Institute is determined to highlight the depth of this region-wide movement through the eyes of its young, women leaders. Given the recent momentum on issues of women’s and gender rights, the Institute wants to hear from the new generation of Arab women activists: What gains have been sustained since the Arab Spring? How are these leaders determined to push the movement forward? Where do these young women see the most promise for activism in the future? And, most importantly, how will these women and organizations like the Institute encourage the next generation to take the helm?

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The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University is issuing a call for papers focused on feminist movements for gender equality and women’s rights across the region. The call is targeting young Arab women as the main contributors, in an attempt to highlight the voices and stories of those actively participating in these movements.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

·       Reflections: Women and resistance in the wake of the Arab Spring;

·       Revolution in retreat: Gendered spaces;

·       Gendered oppositions: Sexual violence and the dynamics of resistance;

·       Sustainable change: Framing gender rights through legal reform; and

·       Gender and youth

Papers will be included in an edited volume, to be printed in late 2018.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 10 December 2017 (responses by 20 December 2017)

Deadline for first draft submission: 15 February 2018

Deadline for final draft submission: 15 May 2018

Please send an abstract of up to 500 words detailing your proposed chapter in addition to a 200-word bio to IWSAW@lau.edu.lb with Young Arab Women Submission in the title. Volume to be published by McFarland