International: Call for Papers: “Refugee Women in the Arab World.”

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), based in the Lebanese American University, is soliciting articles for the forthcoming issue of the quarterly publication, Al–Raida. The central topic will be “Refugee Women in the Arab World.”
We are interested in receiving papers based on academic studies or critical essays that address concerns related to refugee women in the Arab world. Within this issue, we will focus on understanding the gender-specific experiences of Arab women externally displaced from their countries of origin. The papers to be considered will explore womanhood and social, cultural, or religious identity within the context of a refugee situation and is open to a wide range issues, from life-giving opportunities to social exclusion. Topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Impact of refugee situation on gender dynamics within the family and on motherhood, womanhood, and adolescence;
* Gender/cultural sensitivity of aid to refugee women in the Arab World;
* Social and political discrimination, particularly with regard to gender;
* Expression of gender, identity, and experience within a refugee context;
* Formal and informal networks of refugee women in the Arab world;
* Representation of Arab refugee women in the media and in public discourse;
* Activism and Arab refugee women.

As a special feature of this issue, we are interested in receiving poetry which expresses and explores the experience of being an Arab refugee woman.

If you are interested in contributing to this issue of Al-Raida, kindly send your abstract (250–300 words) by no later than August 15, 2007. All abstracts submitted are reviewed by Al–Raida’s editorial staff and are subject to its approval.