I would like to announce the publication of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies under the direction of a new editorial team that consists of miriam cooke, Frances Hasso, and I and now published by Duke University Press: In addition to peer reviewed research articles and book reviews, the new issue features review essays (in “Review” section) and showcases activists’ and artists’ works and scholarly interventions (in “Thirdspace” section).

There are currently two Call for Papers: for a themed section on “The Gender and Sexuality of Militarization, War, and Violence” (deadline June 15) and for ‘Thirdspace’ section on “Languages and Gender and Sexuality” (deadline July 15). You can see more information about these CFPs below and on the journal’s website: Continue reading

via A. DAVID LEWIS and MARTIN LUND on APRIL 7, 2015: 

Editors A. David Lewis and Martin Lund Now are accepting chapter proposals for new collection with established publisher interest!

Despite turning a rather blind eye to them through much of the twentieth century, major American comic book publishers like Marvel Comics and DC Comics have featured, in the twentyfirst century, numerous Muslim superhero characters, with the seeming intention to diversify their fictional universes and to provide corrective representations of Muslims in a cultural moment when stereotype and vilification of Muslims and Islam is particularly rife. The most recent example is Marvel’s Kamala Khan ( Ms. Marvel , Feb. 2014). Although it might be easy to dismiss Ms. Marvel as something peripheral, she was discussed in various mainstream media long before her first appearance. High praise was expressed by Muslims and non-Muslims who thought the character could help “normalize” Muslims in American eyes while vehement opposition was voiced by critics who regarded her as “appeasement” of Muslims. As recently as January 2015, the character was plastered on antiMuslim ads in San Francisco, illustrating the cultural power such characters can attain. It seems clear that, today, Muslim superheroes and Islam in comic books, more generally matter greatly to a large number of Muslims and nonMuslims alike. Continue reading


University of California, Berkeley Call for Papers to the 6thAnnual Islamophobia Conference (April 23-25, 2015 at Boalt Law School, UC Berkeley)

“Islamophoia Studies:The State of the Islamophobia Studies Field” 

UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Islamophobia Research and DocumentationProject is hosting the sixth annual International Islamophobia Conference and invites Scholars, Researchers, Artists, Poets, Media Producers, Artists, Activists andCommunity Organizations to submit an abstract for a mutli-medium engagement in the Islamophobia Studies field.The conference’s theme this year is focused on assessing the Islamophobia studies field from a broader multi-disciplinary and transnational perspectives. Continue reading


Call for Papers, 12th Annual Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Graduate Student Workshop, 21-22 March 2015, deadline for applications: 20 Dec. 2014.

The Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Graduate Student Organizing Committee is pleased to accept abstracts for our twelfth annual workshop on “Imagining the Beautiful.” We aspire to create a forum to think through theory and method in concert with the Study of Islam broadly defined. We welcome attempts to push the limits of Islamic Studies as traditionally constituted within the academy, as well as pushing the theory of limits/limits of theory that has long ignored the value of Islamicate materials. We are particularly interested in providing a forum for those exploring and developing cutting edge research and innovative approaches to this subject from the perspective of critical theory. Possible themes for papers include but are not limited to: aesthetics & power, art & architecture, stage & screen, social media, music & performance, theology & law. Continue reading


Hosted by the University of Cambridge, 8-9 April 2015

***Deadline: 15 November 2014***

Applications are warmly invited for papers that relate to any aspect of Iranian studies in any discipline within the humanities and social sciences. This includes but is by no means limited to: ancient through to contemporary history and historiography; anthropology; archaeology; cultural heritage and conservation; social and political theory; Diaspora and area studies; ecology and the environment; economics; historical geography; history of medicine; art and architecture history; education; international relations and political science; epigraphy, languages, literature, linguistics and philology; new media and communication studies; philosophy; religions and theology; classical studies; sociology; film studies and the performing arts. Comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches are also very welcome. Continue reading