Showing posts with label Feminism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Feminism. Show all posts

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Submission Call-Out ---Submission Call-Out --- Min timeh: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Resistance, and Space

INANNA PUBLICATIONS is seeking SUBMISSIONS for a new anthology:

Min timeh: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Resistance, and Space
Edited by Ghadeer Malek and Ghaida Moussa

Deadline for abstract submissions: February 28, 2012
Completed submission deadline: April 30, 2012
Anticipated publication date: Fall of 2012 

Description:
This anthology is a meeting space for Arab feminist womyn living in the Arab world and the Diaspora. While physical and metaphorical distances and borders lie in between us, deep founded connection and intertwined roots seem to transcend these divisions and connect us to one another.  Our grounded experiences and our reflections as Arab womyn living in Canada, as well as our relationships with communities of feminists in the Arab world -- from Lebanon, to Egypt, Syria, Palestine and the Gulf -- have served as a testimony to these connections, and to the evolution of our shared identity characterized by our often shared struggles, burdens, and questions across various geographical locations, genders, ages, classes, races, religions, and the experiences we live based on these political categories.

Simultaneously, in a world that has increasingly found monolithic and one-dimensional ways of perceiving and imposing stereotypes of Muslim, Arab and Arab womyn identities, we feel that it is imperative to highlight Arab womyn’s voices in constructing and articulating their own identities. Creating alternate spaces to mainstream oppressive discourse is part of reclaiming our voices and resisting the gaze of the “Other”. While we may meet at some intersections, we diverge at others, our identities spreading and molding into a wide spectrum of experiences, knowledge, struggles, and so forth. It is this double reality of sameness and difference that this anthology will bridge, celebrating our multiple voices and honoring our self-determination, as well as meeting our need to find community and belonging on our own terms.

Submissions:
Through this anthology, we are hoping to reflect Arab womyn’s perspectives through personal critical narratives, academic essays, and written and visual arts, on subjects such as homeland, exile, arrivals and departures, feminism, queerness, borders, national struggles, solidarity, and (de)colonization.
We are particularly interested in and highly encourage receiving submissions that explore and document various forms of Arab feminist organizing from the women’s marches happening in Egypt to social media campaigns and setting up feminist organizations. We especially encourage submissions that make the links and draw comparisons between Arab womyn organizing in the ‘Arab World’ and the Diaspora.

Guiding Questions:
Below are some questions that we are hoping to answer by putting together this anthology. Please note that we are keen on accepting a wide variety of submissions -- spanning various topics and issues outlined above - that are not limited to the questions below.
The questions below are only meant to provide suggestions for some of the themes and topics that we are interested in exploring in more depth through the anthology:
-       What are some of the physical, metaphorical, and political connections and distances in Arab womyn identities and issues across the Arab world and the Diaspora?
-       How have Arab womyn built and developed their identities?
-       What role does identity play in shaping Arab feminist struggles and organizing and how does it change with time and context?

Criteria for Proposals:
Proposals should be approx. 500 words (1 page) and sent in no later than February 28, 2012.
While we welcome academic texts, we highly encourage creative productions, whether written or visual, including poetry, analytical self-reflective or community-reflective stories, images, paintings, graffiti photographs, etc.

We are committed to representing a diversity of Arab womyn voices and especially highlighting underrepresented voices, identities, and issues. We are excited to receive proposals from Arab womyn from all walks of life and especially encourage submissions from Arab womyn living in the Arab world and those in between ‘back home’ and ‘over there’, particularly since one of the major themes we are exploring is what unites and divides Arab womyn living in the Diaspora and the Arab world.

The anticipated date of publication is the Fall of 2012. 
Completed submissions must be sent in by April 30, 2012.

Please send proposals to arabfeministanthology@gmail.com no later than February 28, 2012.
For questions and more information, you can contact us at arabfeministanthology@gmail.com 


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Global Fund for Women: Women’s Rights Amidst Arab Revolutions



On the anniversary of the uprisings in Tahrir Square, Global Fund for Women and the Arab Cultural and Community Center presented a special event to reflect on women’s rights amidst Arab revolutions. It took place on Thursday January 26, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

The event included three leading Arab women for an evening discussion on advancements and setbacks faced by women’s movements in the region. Speakers included Global Fund grantee partners, Nadia Sraieb-Koepp from Tunisia and Nawla Darwiche from Egypt, and Zeina Zaatari, Global Fund’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director.

This event was also co-sponsored by Middle East Children’s Alliance, Arab Resource Organizing Collective and Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change. It was free and open to the public.


After the conversation, the Global Fund launched their newest book: Telling Our Stories: Women’s Voices from the Middle East and North Africa, with excerpt readings of articles and essays by women leaders from the region.  Here are some reviews of this book:


“The euphoria of victory last February was palpable,” Global Fund for Women board member Hoda Elsadda writes us from Cairo, “but was soon followed by the sobering realization that you cannot do away with such a corrupt and brutal regime overnight.” While violence continues, women are working together to hold onto their newly won spaces of resistance, optimism and sense of empowerment.

To commemorate the challenges and success of women organizing in the region, Global Fund announces our newest book, Telling Our Stories. Written by key women leaders from the region, Telling Our Stories weaves together history, political analysis, and personal reflections about the rapid political transformations sweeping the Arab world.

Gloria Steinem has this to say about the book: "To discover real women behind headlines, YouTubes and Twitters from the MiddleEast, read Telling Our Stories. It's a gift of learning, new friends and knowing that all proceeds go to benefit a democracy that goes beyond patriarchy." 

You can read excerpts from Telling Our Stories online and they would also be delighted to put you in touch with some of these inspiring women who contributed to the book.



The Global Fund for Women is a grantmaking foundation that seeds, strengthens and links women's human rights groups worldwide.  For more info, go to  http://www.globalfundforwomen.org


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