• (Re)Conceptualizing the Field: Scholarship at the Margins of Islam and Gender
This IGW workshop session focuses on conceptualizing the field of Islam and gender, and Islamic studies more broadly, through scholarship at or about the margins of these fields. IGW encourages submissions that center critical race theory, queer theory, transsexuality studies, and decolonial approaches. We especially welcome submissions that deconstruct normative categories (e.g. hegemonic constructions of the Muslim, gender binary, heteronormativity), that propose new categories and theoretical approaches, and that 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
March 2: 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
• Co-sponsored session with the Lesbian-Feminisms and Religion unit
This year, the Islam, Gender, Women unit also welcomes submissions for a co-sponsored session with the Lesbian-Feminisms and Religion unit.
Feminist methods and attention to gender within Islamic studies are well established. Scholars and activists have contributed to inquiries into the politics of visibility, homonationalism, decolonialism, gender representation, and the veil (e.g., Jasbir Puar, Saba Mahmood, and Ranjana Khanna). However, as a method and politics lesbian-feminisms remains underrepresented. Outside of religious studies, feminist theorists Sara Ahmed, Robyn Wiegman, and Jennifer Nash critique progress narratives that denigrate lesbian-feminisms; instead, they call for a return to this corpus in order to build a more just society. We are interested in what this might mean for Islamic studies. How might lesbian-feminisms and Islamic studies mutually inform each other? Scholars such as Gabeba Baderoon, Jin Haritaworn, Shanon Shah, Poala Bacchetta, and Krupa Shandilya explore the intersection of lesbian-feminisms with the field of Islamic studies. Proposals might build upon their insights, or propose new possibilities, concerns, and aims. We are especially interested in proposals from scholars of color, graduate students, contingent faculty, and queer and trans scholars.