We invite contributors to two panels on 'Sexual Harrassment and Violence in Times of Political Crisis: Disciplining Bodies and Space in the Middle East and North Africa' at the forthcoming Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies in Ankara, Turkey on 18th-22nd August 2014.
We currently have five confirmed participants who will present papers on responses to accusations that rape was employed as a war crime during Libya's 2011 revolution; sexual harassment on Tahrir Square as a means to control and gender both space and the revolutionary movement; sexual harassment against women practicing sports in public space as a means of disciplining women’s bodies in post-revolutionary Tunisia; rape of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails; and sexual intimidation of Syrian women in Lebanese refugee camps. We are hoping to find a further one to three contributions of work that interrogate sexual harrassment and violence in the MENA as a site of power and resistance.
The panel aims to bring together scholarship from the West and the Arab world, emphasizing the importance that Middle East studies is not only performed on the Arab World, but also in the Arab World. The contributions will be developed into articles that will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal with a view to a special issue.
The deadline for submission of an abstract of up to 400 words is 13th January. Please send submissions to Dr Maaike Voorhoeve (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Jessica Carlisle (email@example.com).
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