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Islam, Gender, Women Unit and Lesbian-Feminisms and Religion Unit

Call for Proposals

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.



Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection