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Offer: Call for Papers: Women and Gender in the Middle East: Recognition, Reflection, and Realignment

The status of women in the Middle East remains a subject that engages scholars and activists across academic disciplines. Understanding the female experience requires an ongoing investigation that highlights past and present events and conditions in this region. This multidisciplinary conference addresses the issue of gender equity in the Middle East through a number of exploratory themes. Deadline for papers: October 7, 2011.

Venue and Date of Conference:

Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA
June 4-5, 2012

Researchers and activists from a variety of academic fields are encouraged to share their approaches and insights into how they interpret gender equity, how women face barriers, overcome limitations, form identities, and shape their multiple roles through careers, family and religious life.

Conference themes relating to gender equity include, but are not limited to:

Art, Music and Literature
Education and Curricula
Female Body Image
Femininity and Masculinity
Gender Identity
Human Rights
Local and Global Economies
Marriage and Family
Religion and Gender Roles
Social Media
Technology and Innovation
Workforce Participation

Welcome are proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers. Graduate students are also invited to participate. Individual applicants should submit an abstract not exceeding 300 words and a 1-2 page CV. Panel proposals should include a panel description along with abstracts and a short CV for each individual paper. Roundtable proposals should include a description of the roundtable theme along with a list of individual participants and a short CV for each.Conference presentations will be given in English. Proposals may be submitted electronically to the conference chair, Dr. Sarah Wiggins, at ( The deadline for proposals is October 7, 2011 and applicants will be notified in early December.

Registration fees for individual participants will be $400.00. Fees include three nights in Crimson Hall on Bridgewater State University campus, and three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for two days. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for air and ground transportation. Questions concerning the conference may be directed to Dr. Sarah Wiggins at (, or Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi at (

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