[URBANTH-L] CFP: Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Mon Nov 8 21:48:06 EST 2004

Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia
   and Africa

   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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