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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

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.


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.