CFP: Women and Media in the Middle East

Sunday, April 1, 2012 (All day)


From Veiling to Blogging: Women and Media in the Middle East

Edited by Nahed Eltantawy
Vol. 13, No.5, November 2013

Middle Eastern women have traditionally been viewed as weak and submissive, passively accepting male authority and leadership rather than seeking
leadership for themselves.  From Edward Saidąs Orientalism to Lila Abu-Lughodąs łDo Muslim Women Really Need Saving?˛ women of the Middle East
have been portrayed as helpless creatures who are often hidden behind the veil, quietly waiting to be liberated.

Recent democratic movements in the Middle East, popularly grouped together under the banner of the łArab Spring,˛ signal the rise of a new kind of political activism across the region, made possible, in large part, by the now widespread use of social media. The world has witnessed millions across Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and Syria as they have marched to the squares and told their stories of life under repressive political regimes. 

How have women been involved in these events? What are their experiences and stories? In addition to the more widely known stories of political demonstrations in the region, there have also been more localized events, such as the women-led driving protests in Saudi Arabia, that suggest that there are many stories still to be told to unveil the realities of women's experiences in the Middle East. In what ways have women utilized media, including social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging, for both personal and political expression and have these platforms contributed to the democratization of womenąs lives?

This special issue seeks manuscripts that focus on Middle East women and their relationship with the media old and new ­ how women are portrayed, how and why women utilize media and technology, and womenąs media production.

Topics of interest in relation to Middle East women and the media include but are not limited to:

Media portrayals of women

Women's use of  social media

Women's utilization of media to promote  the łArab Spring˛ revolutions

Women and cyberactivism

Women's use of media (old and new) for self expression and identification

Women's utilization of media for empowerment

Women's media production

Please submit a 350-word abstract to Dr Nahed Eltantawy at: by no later than April 1, 2012.

Aims and Scope of the Journal:
Feminist Media Studies provides a transdisciplinary, transnational forum for researchers pursuing feminist approaches to the field of media and communication studies, with attention to the historical, philosophical, cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions and analysis of sites including print and electronic media, film and the arts, and new media technologies. The journal invites contributions from feminist researchers working across a range of disciplines and conceptual perspectives.

Feminist Media Studies offers a unique intellectual space bringing together scholars, professionals and activists from around the world to engage with feminist issues and debates in media and communication. Its editorial board and contributors reflect a commitment to the facilitation of internationa dialogue among researchers, through attention to local, national and global contexts for critical and empirical feminist media inquiry.

When preparing your paper, please click on the link Instructions for Authors on the Feminist Media Studies website ( which provides guidance on paper length, referencing style, etc. When submitting your paper, please do not follow the link Submit Online as special issue papers are handled directly via email with the special issue Editor.


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