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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Islam, Gender, Women Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The Islam, Gender, Women (IGW) Unit 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 unit 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: 

● Workshop Session on Pre-Circulated Works -

In 2019, IGW will conduct a workshop session that explores new or forthcoming books, articles or book chapters in the study of women and gender in relation to Islam and Muslim contexts. Our objective is to invite critical reflection on newly published works in the field that engage new modes of inquiry, emerging methods, trajectories, and challenges. Drawing on pre-circulated articles and book chapters (from monographs or edited volumes), spanning a broad range of topics and subfields, the session will use each piece to examine how the field of Islam and gender is developing and its relationship to other fields, including Islamic Studies and Religious Studies more broadly.

In keeping with our commitment to non-traditional programming, the session will be organized as a workshop, with discussion tables formed around those pre-circulated readings.
Therefore, IGW is not accepting proposals for standard conference papers or for prearranged paper panels. Rather, we solicit proposals from those who would like their recently published or forthcoming article or chapter of a book to serve as a basis for a discussion at the session. 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. Should such a proposal be accepted, we would then also encourage the author to attend and participate in the session.

Proposals to IGW for this session need to include:

○ an abstract of the piece
○ a clear explanation of the contribution the piece makes to the field and how it might help to initiate a discussion on the further development of the field of Islam and gender
○ the length of the full piece
○ its status in the publishing process (if published, details; if forthcoming, where; etc.) and whether it forms part of a larger project (especially if it is a chapter from a monograph)
○ suggestions for possible facilitators for discussion of the piece at the workshop


○ March 1: Proposals due through the PAPERS system
○ March 8: IGW requests full text of articles/chapters/books from finalists before making final selections
○ August 30: Discussion tables and themes will be announced and registration for tables opens
○ September 15: Readings will be posted on the AAR website (accessible for registered participants)

Graduate Session -
 This year, the IGW Unit will co-sponsor a session centered on graduate student research in Islamic Studies, with the Study of Islam Unit. This session will offer graduate students the opportunity to present for 5 minutes on their dissertation research, followed by short responses from other panelists and open discussion. If you are an advanced graduate student and interested in talking succinctly about your research in this session, please submit a paper proposal through the PAPERS system with the abstract and proposal the same text and length (maximum 150 words) and indicate that your submission is for this special session format at the top of the proposal.

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
For our review of workshop session proposals, 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. This is a necessary feature of our review process, since we select promising proposals and review full papers (in draft form) prior to making our final selections. For other session types, proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection. For the deliberation process among chairs and steering committee members to select proposals, we have decided to make each other's comments visible to one another in order to encourage conversation amongst us about the proposals and their merits.
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