Early Career Reseachers V

In order to encourage the next generation of academics, GenderForum launched its first annual Early Career Researchers Issue in October 2013. Now every fall will see a special issue that spotlights the work of emerging scholars.

Contributions for the fifth Early Career Researchers Issue can be new academic writing composed specifically for the occasion or exceptional, previously unpublished term papers on all topics pertaining to Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, Masculinity Studies, and/or Queer Theory.

Abstracts of 300 words plus a brief biography should be sent to Laura-Marie Schnitzler at gender-forum[at]uni-koeln.de by May 1st, 2017. The deadline for the completed papers in MLA 8 (4000-6000 words, numbered paragraphs) is August 1st, 2017.

(Publication date: Fall 2017)

Contemporary Muslim Women’s Voices

In Emails from Scheherazad, Mohja Kahf writes back to post-9/11 neo-Orientalist epistemologies, informing Western discourses on Muslim, especially veiled, women: “Yes, I speak English/Yes, I carry explosives/They’re called words/And if you don’t get up/Off your assumptions/They’re going to blow you away” (35). Similarly, other writers, such as Leila Aboulela, Ahdaf Soueif, Hanan al-Shaykh and Tahmina Anam, work towards decolonizing Muslim women’s bodies, whilst stressing piety as a lived experience. Still others, among them Randa Abdel-Fattah, Shelina Janmohamed, G. Willow Wilson and Umm Juwayriyah, are turning to and ‘Islamizing’ youth culture genres like young adult fiction, romance, fantasy and urban fiction. Currently, the internet project Muslima. Muslim Women’s Art & Voices displays web-art, photography and other works by Muslim women artists from translocal contexts. Platforms like altmuslimah.com, hijabi lifestyle vlogs and a particularly diverse blogosphere testify to Muslim women’s vital and creative involvement in digital cultures. Arguably, contemporary Muslim female writers, artists and cultural producers, from Islamicate to diasporic contexts, agitate against a reductive identitarian logic of ‘the’ Muslim woman sustained by Western representational regimes, Islamist fundamentalisms as well as some secular feminist positions. In the light of a sheer multiplicity of emergent voices, we would like to invite essays focussing on contemporary cultural production by (and on) Muslim women. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Muslim/Islamic feminisms in cultural texts; from theoretical approaches á la Fatima Mernissi, Leila Ahmed, Asma Barlas, Nawal El Saadawi etc. to popular cultural formations á la Ms Marvel and Qahera
  • Life writing, autobiographical texts and (scholar-)activism, e.g. Muslim confessional literatures/media and edited collections on faith-centred feminisms, anti-racism, anti-capitalism and sexualities
  • Playwrights like Sudha Bhuchar, Emteaz Hussain, Nadia Manzoor, Ambreen Razia, Alia Bano and feminist theatre and performance from Muslim-majority to diasporic contexts
  • Filmic contestations, e.g. Yasmin, The Source, Three Veils, Wadjda and works by Muslim women filmmakers like Sally El Hosaini, Tahmineh Milani, Shirin Neshat etc.
  • Diversifications of genre; Muslim romance, chick-lit, YA, speculative fiction etc.
  • Performances of selves in digital cultures, e.g. Muslima YouTubers, Insta-Stars, politico-ethical bloggers (Dina Torkia, Sabina England, Hoda Katebi etc.)
  • 9/11, Self-presentation and the politics of neoliberalism/postfeminism; the Muslim woman as a marketing tool?

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a brief biography should be submitted by June 15, 2017. The deadline for the completed papers of 5000-8000 words (MLA style, numbered paragraphs) is August 15, 2017.

(Publication date: Autumn 2017)

Target articles should conform to current MLA Style (8th edition) and should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length. Please make sure to number your paragraphs and include a bio-blurb and an abstract of roughly 300 words. Files should be sent as email attachments in Word format. Please send your manuscripts to gender-forum”AT”uni-koeln.de.

We always welcome reviews on recent releases in Gender Studies! Submitted reviews should conform to current MLA Style (8th edition), have numbered paragraphs, and should be between 750 and 1,000 words in length. Please note that the reviewed releases ought to be no older than 24 months. In most cases, we are able to secure a review copy for contributors.

Publishers are welcome to send us new publications pertaining Gender Studies. Please send review copies, review suggestions, queries or submissions to gender-forum”AT”uni-koeln.de.

Titles currently up for review (other suggestions welcome):

Bahun, Sanja, and V.G. Julie Rajan. Violence and Gender in the Globalized World: The Intimate and the Extimate. 2nd Edition. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

Dubowsky, Jack Curtis. Intersecting Film, Music, and Queerness. Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Francome, Colin. Unsafe Abortion and Women’s Health: Change and Liberalization. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

Hawkins, Stan. Queerness in Pop Music: Aesthetics, Gender Norms, and Temporality. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

Jackson, David. Exploring Aging Masculinities. The Body, Sexuality and Social Lives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Martschukat, Jürgen, and Olaf Stieglitz, eds. race&sex: Eine Geschichte der Neuzeit: Schlüsseltexte aus vier Jahrhunderten neu gelesen. Berlin: Neofelis, 2016.

Mayock, Ellen. Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Peel, Elizabeth, and Rosie Harding. Ageing and Sexualities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

Sayed Gadelrab, Sherry. Medicine and Morality in Egypt: Gender and Sexuality in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. London and New York: I.B.Tauris, 2016.

Sina, Véronique. Comic – Film – Gender: Zur (Re-)Medialisierung von Geschlecht im Comicfilm. Bielefeld: transcript, 2016.

Tarrant, Shira. Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

The Year We Thought About Love. Dir. Ellen Brodsky. Village Films, 2015.

Walsh, Fintan. Queer Performance and Contemporary Ireland: Dissent and Disorientation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.