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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Islam, Gender, Women Group

Statement of Purpose: 

The Islam, Gender, Women (IGW) Group uses non-traditional programming to address meta-questions of the study of gender and women in relation to Islam and Muslims, to support the mentoring and development of its scholars, and to create resources and scholarly networks to advance the field. The name IGW signals that the study of gender and women is an essential subfield of the larger study of Islam and Muslims while shifting attention away from the “woman question in Islam” and toward the study of gender. Our group examines the relational formation and subversion of genders, while still taking into account “women” as they are interpellated by complex social and symbolic systems.

IGW brings together scholars at all career stages, including those working outside the academy. It supports scholarly reflexivity in a collaborative and collegial setting, discussing methods/approaches and the professional dimensions of research and teaching in the field. It fosters collective consideration of the aims, evolution, and lacunae of the field as a way to nurture new lines of inquiry. Our non-traditional programming, such as workshops and mentoring/networking sessions, aims to strengthen rather than compete with the work of related program units, prevent the segregation of scholarship on gender and women into one unit, encourage sustained “mainstream” engagement with questions of gender and women, and expand opportunities for collaboration and conversation with and among other units.

Call for Papers: 

In our inaugural year as a program unit we will host a co-sponsored mentoring/networking session for all of those who work on gender and women in Islamic texts and Muslim contexts. Our other session will explore the complicated relationship between academic scholarship and activism. In keeping with our commitment to non-traditional programming, the session will be organized as a workshop, with pre-circulated readings and themed discussion tables. Possible topics include: nonacademic forms of intellectual production on women/gender in Islam (e.g., the blogosphere, visual arts, grassroots activist literature); questions of normativity and confessional investments, including the location of non-feminist work on gender/women in Islam; the location of academic and nonacademic intellectual production in the larger context of transnational feminism; and the tensions between colonial feminism and Islamic gender justice movements.

We solicit proposals from those who would like an article or chapter length piece of their writing to serve as a basis for one table’s discussion. Both recently published work and work in progress (already drafted) are eligible for consideration. Proposals should include an abstract of the piece and explain how the piece relates to the suggested themes of the call; they should also indicate the length of the full piece, its status of publication (date of publication, under review, draft, etc.), whether it forms part of a larger project. Please use the Paper Proposal option in submission. They may also suggest possible facilitators for discussion of the pieces at the workshop. Before making final selections, we will request from finalists the full text of papers/articles for review. Although we have a strong preference for scholars proposing their own work, we are also willing to consider proposals to serve as table facilitator for a discussion of another scholar’s published work. Such proposals should indicate why the work matters for the themes under consideration and what qualifies you to facilitate such a discussion.

After final selection of the texts, the workshop’s themed tables will be announced broadly, facilitators for each table will be solicited, and all those planning on attending the workshop will be asked to sign up for the themed table at which they will participate. Workshop attendees will have advance access to the designated text beginning in the fall. (Authors will be able to refine drafts of their texts as needed before they are made available for viewing by workshop participants).

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs and steering committee members prior to final acceptance or rejection
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