Call For Papers

Writing Women's Lives Call for Papers

The lived realities of women have experienced deep transformations with global changes in culture and technology. In the new context of the twenty-first century, while change has proven positive in certain ways and among certain countries and communities, the results have been devastating to others due to violence, war, economic exploitation and political oppression. Law in particular has proven to lag behind advancements in other areas such as education and health. Notwithstanding international efforts and the work of activists to fight for a better and fairer life for women, the results have fallen short and in some cases advancement has also meant reversal in women’s rights and security. These transformations have also led to an unprecedented expansion in the academic scholarship, paradigms and debates on lived experiences of women across a vast temporal and geographical spectrum.

Building on the legacy and success of its inaugural conference on “Arab Women Past and Present: Participation and Democratization” in 2006, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) is proud to host an international and multi-disciplinary conference in 2016 with the aim of bringing together scholars involved in research on women and gender with particular emphasis on women of the Global South.

We invite scholars from all disciplinary fields in social sciences and the humanities and participants from different parts of the world who are invested in exploring new areas and rethinking earlier paradigms and methodologies of studying women’s lives in social, political, economic, and cultural spheres. 

Themes for papers and panel presentations

  • Applications of social theory on the history of women and on their lives today
  • Legal studies on impact of international and national laws on women 
  • Global health issues and gendering 
  • (auto)biographic narratives and oral histories of women 
  • Women’s place in the economy: past and present
  • Women’s accomplishments in science, literature, politics and the economy
  • Women and representation in popular culture
  • Impact of education
  • Women’s participation in revolutions



Abstracts should include:

  • Name and affiliation of the presenter(s)
  • Contact information
  • A 250-word text

For full consideration, please submit an individual paper proposal or a panel proposal or by November 30, 2015 to the this EMAIL.

All submissions will be reviewed by an experts’ committee. Funds have been allocated for selected papers.

For additional information, email Hagar Rakha