Abstract submissions closed

16 Dec

Season’s greetings to one and all. The term is winding down but we are busy busy busy! We have received a fantastic volume of interest in the conference and a brilliant collection of abstracts from all over the world: Turkey, Morocco, the UK, Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, Canada, the United States, Portugal, and many many more. It’s wonderful knowing that this important topic is being researched across the world and by scholars and practitioners from different disciplines.

But for now, we are just writing to announce that the deadline for abstract submissions has elapsed and we will no longer be accepting abstracts for consideration for the Arab Women, Media, and Sexuality conference. With this we extend a warm invitation to interested academics and practitioners to attend and join us on the day of the conference, the 26th of May. Registration for the conference will open in early 2012 and will be announced here on the blog, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy holidays, everyone!




We are on Twitter!

15 Dec


@AWMSConference is now on Twitter! We’ll be tweeting the updates we post here on the blog and on our facebook page in order to reach a wider audience. If you’re on Twitter, follow us, show some love!

CFP Deadline Extended

21 Nov

The deadline for abstract submissions to the Arab Women, Media, and Sexuality conference has now been extended until December 15th, 2011. We decided to extend the deadline to allow researchers and practitioners more time to prepare their abstracts and also to enable more circulation of the CFP.

Publication opportunity for conference papers

23 Oct

Great news! We have now confirmed that two or three selected papers presented at the AWMS conference will be published in a special edition of the Graduate Journal of Social Science entitled Sexuality in Focus. This is a wonderful opportunity to get exposure for your work, particularly if you’re a postgraduate student or an early career researcher. To be considered for publication, presenters should provide a full copy of their papers on the day of the conference: May 26th, 2012. Please note that other presenters who do not want to take up this opportunity need not submit a copy of their full papers on the day.

And here’s the full CFP of this special edition, with the part on AWMS in bold:

Call for Papers – GJSS Special Edition on Sexuality in Focus

The Graduate Journal of Social Sciences (GJSS) invites papers for its December 2012 special edition on Sexuality in Focus. This issue is inspired by the Network of Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies in Europe (NOISE) 2011 Summer School, which was hosted by the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands). This year’s theme was ‘The Miraculous (dis)appearing Act of Sexuality: Mapping the Study of Sexuality in Europe, 1960-2010’. Central to this summer school was the exploration of what has appeared in discourses of sexualities and what has been missing. The special issue aims to further explore this complex and multifaceted subject.

We invite scholarly contributions from postgraduate students, early career academics and activists engaged in LGBT, sexuality, feminist, queer, women’s and gender studies or related areas, to submit their work for consideration. Although NOISE summer school participants are strongly encouraged to submit their papers, we also welcome contributions from people outside of the NOISE network. Thus, we welcome contributions that offer important insights into debates surrounding sexuality. These include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

– Sexualities in the making: discussions of the epistemological, methodological, and thematic issues central to the interdisciplinary and intersectional study of sexuality in Europe and beyond; (historical) analyses of heterosexual, gay, lesbian, asexual, bisexual, queer and transsexual discourses or movements.
– Deconstructing sexualities: papers exploring the notion of (sexual) identity; the engagement with biological essentialism / determinism, social constructivism and newer insights in this debate.
– Sexual politics: sexuality and (post)colonialism; sexuality and the formation of the nation state; multiculturalism and homonationalism; sexuality and family politics; state censorship. In this strand we also invite papers which seek to bridge the gap between academic feminisms and feminist activisms.
– Reflexivity and intersectionality: how can we adopt a more intersectional approach to our work on sexuality? We invite papers exploring the ontological and epistemological relationship between the researcher and the subject of study in the field of sexuality. This strand also explicitly invites papers which explore the intersections of race, class, nationality, religion and other social categories, with gender and sexuality.
– Stigma and marginalization: we invite papers focusing on sexual practices or bodily aesthetics from an affirmative perspective. Papers might address BDSM; pornography; physical disabilities and sexuality; fatness and sexuality; or the sexual practices of other stigmatized groups.

A sixth strand is aimed at extending the debate on sexualities beyond the European / Western context. A selection of papers presented at the Arab Women, Media and Sexuality conference (University of York, May 2012) shall be included in a special section of this edition. Papers exploring the following themes are welcomed: representations of Arab women’s sexuality in Western and / or Arabic media; approaches to sexuality in Arabic media; Arab women’s perception of their sexuality vis-à-vis the media. The deadline for this section will be separate from the general deadline and will be announced. For more information, please contact Ebtihal Mahadeen: im544@york.ac.uk.

Submissions: Completed papers should be submitted by January 30th 2012. Papers should be 6000-8000 words. Please include an abstract (max 300 words), short author biography (max 150 words) along with three to five keywords.

Papers submitted to the GJSS undergo an initial selection by the guest editors and then go through a double-blind peer review process. The special issue will be published in December 2012.

Submissions must be accompanied by the GJSS article submission form. Detailed submission guidelines and formatting instructions can be found on the GJSS website: http://www.gjss.org/index.php?/gjss.org-submission-of-articles.html.

Please submit your article to GJSSspecialed@gmail.com. Any enquiries regarding this special edition may also be directed to this email address.


A note on presenter diversity

5 Oct

We have had some exciting, and diverse, expressions of interest in the Arab Women, Media and Sexuality conference. Bloggers, film makers, PhD students and more established scholars have contacted us asking how they can take part in the conference. Now is a good time to stress that we are happy to consider different types of presenters: practitioners (i.e. media professionals, bloggers, activists, analysts and so on) as well as postgraduate students, early career researchers and more established scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts for this one-day conference.

This promises to be one exciting event!

AWMS Conference on Facebook

14 Sep

We now also have a facebook event page. If you’re on facebook, find us and confirm your attendance by clicking on this link: Arab Women, Media and Sexuality Conference on facebook. We will publish updates and details on this page as well as here on the blog.

Conference Wordle

14 Sep

Couldn’t find an image to fully represent what the conference hopes to cover, so now we have a wordle instead! — based on the call for papers:


Check out wordle.net to create your own.