CfP: Transnational Islamic Feminisms, Hannover January 26 – 27, 2018

The masters students in Advanced Anglophone Studies at the Leibniz
Universität in Hanover cordially request that you circulate and
consider the following CFP. I’m happy to answer any questions you
might have, and you can also reach us at the email address listed below.

Transnational Islamic Feminisms
January 26 – 27, 2018
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Englisches Seminar; in cooperation with the Ringvorlesung “Gender,
Queerness, and Activism in Contemporary Contexts”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Reyhan Şahin

The theorizing of Islamic feminisms has a long history by no means
limited to the university. Within academic discourse, Islamic feminist
inquiry is perhaps best iconized by Fatima Mernissi’s 1975
sociological study Beyond the Veil and Leila Ahmed’s 1992 historical
study Women and Gender in Islam, but authors and activists such as
Sineb el-Masri, Rafia Zakaria, Reyhan Şahin, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Ayesha
S. Chaudhry, Lila Abu-Lughod and many others continue to evolve the
discourse and its critiques. Beyond its role in debates about the
position of women in Islamic societies, Islamic feminisms stage
important critiques of Western or liberal feminism, particularly when
its advocates presume that women’s emancipation follows only one
specific trajectory. For this conference, we are interested in
exploring the state of the field of Islamic feminisms writ large.

We welcome paper proposals on any subject engaging with Islamic
feminisms, whether Islamic feminisms are considered the subject or the
methodology of the paper. Questions we would like to consider include:
•    How are Islamic feminisms being theorized and enacted today? What
tools and concepts are engaged in Islamic feminist analysis?
•    How do Islamic feminisms continue expanding our perspectives on
gender and sexuality?
•    What role do social media play in the theory and praxis of Islamic
feminisms? What is the potential for enacting justice through Islamic
feminisms, whether online or in daily praxis?
•    How does the nation figure in Islamic feminist critique? How are
Islamic feminisms transnational? What might we learn from Islamic
feminisms to de-escalate the alliance of patriotism to xenophobic
political practices?
•    How do Islamic feminisms stage a reconstructive critique of
white/liberal/secular feminisms?
We also welcome papers that engage Islamic feminisms as methodology in
order to critique literature and film, etc.

Undergraduate and graduate students are especially invited to submit
paper and/or panel proposals.

Paper proposals should be 250 words long and include a title and any
audio-visual requirements, as well as a brief biography of 30 to 70
words. Panel proposals should include: a 250-word abstract for the
panel as a whole; paper proposals of 250 words for each paper included
in the panel; brief biographies of up to 70 words for each participant.

Please submit proposals in English to islamicfeminismsconference@gmail.com
by 4 January 2018.

Email queries are welcome in Arabic, Chinese, English, German,
Georgian, and Ukrainian to islamicfeminismsconference@gmail.com.

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