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Islam, Gender, Women Unit

Call for Proposals

Gender, Space, and Time

This IGW workshop session focuses on the field of Islam and gender, and Islamic studies more broadly, by thinking about spatiality and temporality and its intersections with gender. We are interested in thinking about space, physically, materially and also more expansively, whether as geography, location, position, belonging, perspective, or the dynamic of relationship. Time and the dynamics of temporality are envisioned as they intersect with ways of being also determined by race, class, religion, location, movement and migration. IGW encourages submissions that explore the meanings of geographical diversity (Islam in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia) change over time, migration, indigeneity, and digital Islam.  We especially welcome submissions that deconstruct normative categories such as center/periphery, authenticity/orthodoxy and center the voices of marginalized communities.


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


Approximate Timeline:
March 8: Proposals due through the PAPERS system
March 9: IGW requests full text of articles/chapters/books from finalists before making final selections
August 30: Discussion tables and themes will be announced
September 15: Readings will be posted on the AAR website (accessible for registered participants) and registration for tables is opened


Statement of Purpose


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members

Review Process Comments

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.