Call for “Third Space” Submissions on The Gender and Sexuality of Bodies, Borders, and Margins

The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies invites feminist scholars and activists to submit short essays, photo-essays, photographs, maps, and creative artwork on any topic related to the theme of The Gender and Sexuality of Bodies and Borders in the Middle East. Submissions may address any historical period in any part of the region and its borders. Areas of focus may relate to bodies that are individual or collective and borders that are symbolic or material. Submissions may address dynamics of bodies in/out of place and different kinds of border-crossings and border-crossers. Submissions that engage with embodied and bordering practices in academic scholarship, research, or activism are also invited. JMEWS will publish the highest quality submissions in volume 13 (2017) in the section “Third Space.” Submissions for issue 13:1 are due by July 15, 2016, for issue 13:2 by November 15, 2016, and for 13:3 by February 15, 2017. Please direct submissions and questions to j[email protected].

2016 AMEWS Book Award Nominations

The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 AMEWS Book Award. The nomination form and related details can be found on the AMEWS website. The deadline for all nomination materials is May 1, 2016.

More about the award: The AMEWSBook Award recognizes and promotes excellence in the field of Middle East gender, women’s and sexuality studies. The award is offered annually to a scholar for a solo-authored book. Books published (copyrighted) in 2015 will be considered for the 2016 award. The competition is open only to books published in English. The winner is recognized at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association and receives a monetary prize. Other books deemed exceptional receive an honorable mention.

The nomination form may be found here. For questions, please contact Fida Adely [email protected]

Vol. 12:1 Now out!

Check out articles by Elyse Semerdjian, Sanna Dhahir, Rebecca Joubin and J. Andrew Bush as well as book reviews, a review essay and five Third Space articles on gender and sexuality across the region.

2015 AMEWS Book Award

In recognition of her work, the AMEWS Book Award Committee for books published in 2014 awards Marion Holmes Katz’s Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice, the 2015 AMEWS Book Award. With its focus on Islamic legal texts as rich and vibrant historical sources, Women in the Mosque offers a complex and gendered analysis of early Islamic jurisprudence and an interpretation of an understudied aspect of early Islamic history that is both subtle and humane. Congratulations!

2015 AMEWS Book Honorable Mentions

In recognition of her work, the AMEWS Book Award Committee for books published in 2014 awards Smadar Lavie’s Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture an Honorable Mention. Lavie offers an unflinching political analysis and cultural critique of the struggles of Mizrahi single mothers and their relationship with the domestic policies of the state of Israel and the politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lavie, a U.S trained anthropologist who is a Mizrahi single mother herself draws on critical race and feminist theorizing to explicate the tangled web of gender, race, and class inequalities between the state of Israel’s non-European majority and European Jewish ruling minority.

In recognition of her work, AMEWS Book Award Committee for books published in 2014 awards Amélie Le Renard’s A Society of Young Women: Opportunities of Place, Power, and Reform in Saudi Arabia an Honorable Mention. Le Renard explores young, urban Saudi women’s practices within public spaces in order to shed new light on shifting power relations, social hierarchies and gender norms in Saudi Arabia during a time of declared economic and social reform. Le Renard’s ethnographic fieldwork, conducted over a period of more than one year at the female campus of King Saud University, workplaces and shopping malls in Riyad, provides a fascinating insight into the ways in which young Saudi women renegotiate gender norms through creatively appropriating non-confrontational discourses, such as personal development and the state’s reform project, as well as through the daily repetition of transgressions of official Islamic rules.

Congratulations to both!

2015 JMEWS Graduate Student Paper Prize

JMEWS awards Emine Rezzan Karaman the 2015 Graduate Student Paper Prize for “Performativity and Text: Motherhood as a Transforming Political Identity in Turkey.” The paper analyzes the construction of motherhood as a form of political agency in Turkey with particular references to the Saturday Mothers and the Peace Mothers, respectively, the mothers of the disappeared and the mothers of the PKK fighters. Interviews with the Mothers of Soldiers will also be part of the final analysis. Focusing on these three mother organizations, the article explores three questions: How has the conflict between the military/paramilitary forces and oppositional organizations transformed the lives of ordinary women across the country? How have some socio-politically marked and wounded women perceived the state and responded to its violence through the identity of motherhood? And, finally, to what extent can the power of motherhood-activism, which derives from the sharing of personal experiences in the public domain as an expression of collective traumas and silenced pasts, contribute to peace-building in Turkey?

MESA 2015

The entire JMEWS editorial team is attending the MESA 2015 meeting in Denver from November 21-24! We welcome your questions and suggestions. Visit the Duke University Press booth at the MESA book bazaar for books and journals, including JMEWS. The 2015 Graduate Student Paper Prize winner will be announced Monday night at the AMEWS Reception.

November 15 Deadline: Call for Third Space Submissions on the “Languages of Gender and Sexuality” for 12:2

There has been much debate about the words gender and sexuality in women’s, gender, sexuality, masculinity, and feminist studies. An entirely new level of debate is added when one considers the implications for non-English languages and non-Western sociopolitical contexts. JMEWS invites analytic interventions (preferably in English) of 500 to 1,000 words on this question from activists and academics focusing on any part of the Middle East. Authors are invited to consider any of the following questions or to address different ones: How are gender and sexuality being used, if at all, in your context or research focus? How have the words been translated, and what kinds of controversies have these translations produced? What are the debates surrounding words like women, homosexuality, transsexuality, masculine/feminine, female/male? What other terms and words are being used in your context/focus and for what purpose? How are boys and men discussed or not discussed?

JMEWS will publish the strongest submissions in volume 12 (2016) in the section “Third Space.” Submissions for issue 12:2 are due on November 15, 2015; for issue 12:3, on January 15, 2016. Please direct submissions and questions to [email protected]