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International Conference on Celebrating Arab Women: Agents of Change and Progress

International Conference on Celebrating Arab Women: Agents of Change and Progress on November 07-08, 2020 in London, United Kingdom

Date(s) - 11/07/2020 - 11/08/2020
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Journal of Arabic and World Literature

International Conference on Celebrating Arab Women: Agents of Change and Progress (ICCAW-2020)

November 7-8, 2020

Online Conference in Honor of Nawal El Saadawi

Organized by the Journal of Arabic and World Literature published at Andromeda Publishing and Academic Services (London, UK)

Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region contend with social practices founded on patriarchal values, confining them to a secondary position in these male-dominated societies. History, past and contemporary, is, however, also replete with examples of inspirational Arab women who transcend this socio-cultural reality, and successfully subvert that dominant narrative. These women have carved out public space for themselves and others throughout history, and have thus been effective agents of change. Examples are authors and historians, such as Huda Shaarawi, Nawal El Saadawi, and Fatima Mernissi, and writers like Sahar Khalifeh, Liana Badr, Huda Barakat, Ahlem Mosteghanemi, Leila Abouzeid, and Meral Tahawi, and the 2019 Man Booker Prize winner, Jokha Alharthi.

This conference is organized to celebrate the variety of roles of MENA women, past and present, to celebrate them, and to call for substantial change towards women’s equality in our Arab region. This call for papers invites submission of abstracts from scholars and graduate students. We welcome disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from various fields, including literature, gender studies, history, law, public policy, and sociology. This is however, not an exhaustive list and we welcome papers showcasing and celebrating Arab women beyond those disciplines.

Suggested topics include:

· Nawal El Saadawi: A Vindication of the Rights of Arab Women .

· Women’s Empowerment in Egypt: Policies and prospects .

· Fatema Mernissi’s Double Critique of Arab and Western Views on Women .

· Women and Media in the MENA region: New Subjectivities .

· Women Writers in the MENA region: Alternative Narratives .

· Women Filmmakers in the MENA region: Cinematic Language as Action.

Conference Steering Committee Members:

· Prof. Francesca Maria Corrao, Professor, Arabic Language and Culture, Department of Political Science, Director, Master MISLAM, LUISS Guido Carli University, viale Romania 32, 00197 Roma, Italy .

· Prof. Kamal Abdel-Malek, Chief Editor of the Journal of Arabic and World Literature, and Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, USA.

· Dr. Sanaa Benmessauod, American University of Ras Al Khaimah.

· Prof. Adel Awad, American University in Cairo

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your abstract (no more than 500 words), with three keywords and references, along with a short bio (no more than 150 words), including affiliation and email, to:

Article Submission Guidelines at

Important Dates

Submission deadline: September 7, 2020

Notification of acceptance: September 14, 2020

Registration Opens: July 11, 2020


Registration fees for participation is $25 USD .

Registrant who is interested in presenting a paper should pay an addition $125 USD, which includes reviewing and publishing that paper in the AWL journal .

Deadline of registration to participate in the conference and paying the fees is October 30, 2020.

Participants and Registrants will be provided with the Zoom link to enable them to join the conference sessions.

Payments can be made by bank transfer to:

Bank Name: Barclays Bank

Address: 425-427, Shirley Rd, Southampton SO15 3TH, UK

Account Number: 80632503

Sort Code: 20-79-31

IBAN Account Number: GB47 BUKB 20793180632503

Swift Code: BUKBGB22

Beneficiary’s Name: Andromeda Publishing and Academic Services

Beneficiary’s Address: 178, Merton High Street, London, SW19 1AY, United Kingdom

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