CFP: Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa
acjancius at ysu.edu
Mon Nov 8 21:48:06 EST 2004
Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia
Cairo, February 26-27, 2005
This workshop is co-organized by the Institute for
Gender and Women's Studies at the American
University in Cairo (www.aucegypt.edu/igws) and the
Shehr Network (http://www.shehr.org)
This workshop seeks to bring together work that
critically examines ways in which gendered subjects
negotiate their life-worlds in Middle Eastern,
African and South Asia urban landscapes. We welcome
papers that address some of the following themes:
Does the city represent a site of personal autonomy
and political possibilities for women and/or men?
At different moments public discourse in distinct
national urban spaces has produced the city as both
site of modern citizen-making and site of
corruption/ pollution. How have different classes of
men and women in distinct temporalities/
spatialities negotiated these tensions?
What are local grammars of urbanity and rurality?
How is the 'rural' configured in the city in both
popular and dominant discourses? In what ways are
these discourses gendered -- and in what ways do
gendered subjects negotiate senses of self/community
with or beyond them?
How do women and men map the city differently? In
what ways are women's and men's interaction with
various sites, routes and spaces within the city
bounded by their gender? What other identities and
circumstances allow them to circumvent various
boundaries within the urban? How does class, ethnic
and racial boundary-making impact men's and
women's relationship to and experiences of various
spaces within the city?
How do urban politics and policies reshape
households and communities' relationship to the
city? What political space is provided for gendered
subjects to resist or renegotiate state sponsored
attempts to re-order the urban landscape?
What sorts of different possibilities for women's
and men's life-worlds do diverse urban models
(e.g. megacities, provincial cities, agrarian market
towns, pilgrimage cities) provide?
How do geographies of violence map gendered
experiences of the city?
Interested scholars are invited to submit paper
proposals by November 15, 2005 to Martina Rieker
(mrieker at geographies.net) or Kamran Ali
(asdar at mail.utexas.edu) Proposals should include a
250-word abstract along with the author's name,
email, and institutional affiliation. Final
workshop papers are due February 1, 2005.
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