MESA - Middle East Studies Association

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Date Posted Submission Invited by Deadline
11/14/17 Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, Lebanese American University: Call for Papers for Edited Volume December 10, 2017
10/26/17 Community Change Journal, Call for Submissions for issue on Pursuing Democratic Community in the Time of Trump December 18, 2017
09/21/17 Lexington Books: Seeks Proposals for Books  
08/23/17 Iranian Political Studies Call for Submissions  
08/03/17 International Journal of Cultural Studies Call for Submissions for Special Issue: Creative Dissent: Culture and Politics of Transformation in the Arab World October 15, 2017
07/12/17 The Matador Review, Call for Submissions for Fall 2017 Publication August 31, 2017
07/10/17 Gender in Management: An International Journal
Call for Papers for special issue on "Women, Work and Management in the Middle East

November 30, 2017


Community Change Journal

Call for Submissions for issue on Pursuing Democratic Community in the Time of Trump

About the Journal:
Community Change is an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student-run journal at Virginia Tech that explores multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. This interdisciplinary journal examines the practices, processes, and individual and collective struggles that produce change at all levels of society. Community Change adopts a broad definition of community development that includes issues relating to public policy, democratization, collective action, physical and social infrastructure developments, agency, and efficacy.

Issue Topic:
The 2016 presidential election has brought changes and challenges to the United States. During his campaign, then-candidate Donald J. Trump declared that Mexican migrants were criminals, called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and told supporters to engage in violence against opponents. In these ways, Trump brought xenophobia, nativism and political violence directly into the nation’s political discourse. Hate crimes have spiked since Trump’s narrow electoral victory and neo-Nazis and white supremacists have been emboldened to mount a number of very public displays and rallies. This heightened level of activity has pressed fringe groups into broader public consciousness. Executive actions and legislative attempts by the Republican-controlled Congress have tried to roll back health insurance for millions, civil rights protections, environmental safeguards and regulatory oversight of the banking and securities industry. Against this backdrop, we conceive of democratic community change as progressive, emancipatory, and liberatory in character.

Community Change’s second issue invites articles that explore new ways of thinking to maintain existing protections as well as analyze popular, community, and legal responses to Trump’s claims and activities. We solicit scholarly articles (4,000-6,000 words), book reviews (1,000-1,500 words), multimedia, and artwork that analyze responses to the evolving political and social landscape since the 2016 election. These might include, but are not limited to: 1) explorations of new initiatives, on-going activism, and community organizing and how they have changed since the 2016 campaign and election; 2) analyses of historical movements that have informed or might inform current responses; and 3) pieces on tactics and strategies employed to resist, counter and educate citizens concerning the dangers for democracy and self-governance of nativism, xenophobia, white supremacy and other reactionary ideologies or political doctrines.

Key Dates:

Call for submissions open - October 11, 2017
Submission deadline - December 18, 2017
Author notification of selection - January 8, 2018
Online publication - May 2018

Please submit preliminary articles of the chosen format to
For submission information, please visit:

Gender in Management: An International Journal

Call for Papers for special issue on "Women, Work and Management in the Middle East

Deadline: 30 November 2017
Full call:

Guest Editors:
Jenny K Rodriguez (University of Manchester)
Maranda Ridgway (Nottingham Trent University)
Linzi Kemp (American University of Sharjah)

This special issue looks to showcase conceptual, theoretical and empirical papers that explore the experiences of work and management of women in the Middle East. The special issue has two aims. First, to expand discussions about women at work in the Middle East, considering the significant economic, demographic, generational, socio-cultural and political changes in the region and globally, and the implications of these changes for women’s experiences of/at work. Second, the special issue seeks to identify avenues for future research themes, building up on work developed in the past decade about women in the Middle East. The special issue is interested in works that engage with both established and emerging issues, and explore the diverse nature of women’s experiences in work and management in the Middle East. The diverse voices of women in the region are not sufficiently documented so more discussion is needed that not only problematises their experiences of/in work and management, but is inclusive of differences within and between groups of women working in the region. This would help to enhance our understanding of how their experiences come to be, how they navigate the nuances of the socio-cultural, institutional and organizational environments, and how this interplays with wider dynamics of work and management. In this special issue, we refer to ‘women’ to include all women working in the region; conversely, whilst recognising the contested nature of what is termed as “the Middle East”, we use this term to include what is referred to as the Arab world, the Arab East, and Arab Gulf and the Levant.

We invite contributions that address (but are not limited to) the following themes/questions:

• What are the experiences of women in work settings in the Middle East? What strategies do women use to navigate the nuances of the socio-cultural context?
• What are the work experiences of women in non-traditional families? (e.g. single parents)
• How do the experiences of diverse groups of women compare within and/or across workplaces or countries in the region?
• How do women manage work-life balance demands, pressures and expectations? (e.g. limitations related to part-time work, maternity provision, etc.)
• How do women engage with, negotiate and respond to notions of respectable femininity in work settings?
• What power dynamics emerge at work and beyond that impact the lives of working women (e.g. gendered hierarchies in organizations, reliance on domestic help) and how do women navigate these dynamics?

Manuscript Submission: Submissions to Gender in Management are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Call for Submissions for Special Issue: Creative Dissent: Culture and Politics of Transformation in the Arab World

Objective and Significance

Ever since the 2011 youth embrace of the public arena demanding regime change in a fervor once described as the "Arab Spring," there has grown a sense of polarization in countries like Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen around certain issues of local, regional, and global relevance. Echoes of this polarization reverberated around the politics of Islam with its various sectarian and tribal articulations. The resurgence of counter-revolutionary forces further complicated the public search for more stable and inclusive governing models. At the core of these dynamic interchanges among the various power players in the aforementioned countries is the role played by culture in circulating political rhetoric to advance clashing geo-political encounters, and resurrect public demands for autonomy and agency from pro-western military institutions as well as elite establishments. The accelerating changes in the Arab social media landscape over the last decade have further provided Arabs with the opportunity to produce, circulate, and consume cultural products in the service of expressing and disseminating political opinions amidst growing signs of chaos and uncertainty.

This special issue seeks to examine the relationship between cultural production and changing socio-politics across the Arab world. The purpose of this issue is to conceptualize new cultural modes of expression, if any, and their function in the process of social change. It intends to address their role and capture the complexity of communication tools utilized to facilitate, if not hinder, political conversations. Works analyzing the cultural factor in shaping and echoing politics are limited. There is a growing need for case studies that advance scholarly analyses of the intricate relationship between Arab culture and politics.

The issue highlights the importance of creativity in both informing and echoing the public search for autonomy, agency, and self-representation. Its significance lies in its contribution to the existing scholarly conversations around the Arab revolutionary sphere. It recognizes the multiple constructions and interpretations of the term "Arab Spring," which invoke complex and yet fraught connotations tied to geographical, historical and political realities and perspectives. The issue therefore pays close attention to localized revolutionary dynamics and modes of collective memory and action.

Please, keep in mind that contributions to themed issues undergo the same level of rigor in blind reviewing that all submissions do. We will also need to use the existing submission system of the journal for all editor, author and reviewer correspondence so that we may keep track of manuscript processing. The system is based on the relatively common ScholarOne/Manuscript Central platform.

Please, be advised that the total time from initial solicitation of manuscripts to final approval of revised versions and then publication can take up to 18 months, depending on the journal publishing queue and themed issues or sections to which it is already committed.

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Iranian Political Studies

Call for Submissions

Submissions are invited for the newly launched Iranian Political Studies journal, a biannual peer-reviewed international journal published by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, and the Iranian Association of Political Science. The purpose of the journal is to provide a platform for scholars working on topics related to Iranian politics to publish their research, and to foster a better understanding of political issues related to Iran worldwide. The journal invites quality articles originating from in-depth and innovative research. All articles should comply with the requirements specified by the "Instructions for Authors." Please submit manuscripts through the journal's website at: Inquiries may be directed to

Lebanese American University, Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World

Call for Papers for Edited Volume

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University is issuing a call for papers focused on feminist movements for gender equality and women’s rights across the region. The call is targeting young Arab women as the main contributors, in an attempt to highlight the voices and stories of those actively participating in these movements.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Reflections: Women and resistance in the wake of the Arab Spring;
  • Revolution in retreat: Gendered spaces;
  • Gendered oppositions: Sexual violence and the dynamics of resistance;
  • Sustainable change: Framing gender rights through legal reform; and
  • Gender and youth

Papers will be included in an edited volume, to be printed in late 2018.
Deadline for expressions of interest: 10 December 2017 (responses by 20 December 2017)
Deadline for first draft submission: 15 February 2018
Deadline for final draft submission: 15 May 2018

Please send an abstract of up to 500 words detailing your proposed chapter in addition to a 200-word bio to with Young Arab Women Submission in the title. Volume to be published by McFarland.

Lexington Books

Call for Publications: Lexington Books seeks proposals for books based on the following series description:

How are urban processes entangled with human experiences? In this series, scholarly monographs and edited volumes explore this question and illuminate diverse forms of such entanglement through empirically-based research. This series emphasizes anthropological approaches to the study of human life in relation to the urban. It seeks to illuminate experiences and effects of urban cultures and situate specific cases in a comparative set. By exploring the intricacies of human-urban relations, this series contributes to better understanding of the ways that humans particularly conceive of and experience nature, personhood, ethics, culture, and social life.

Please send all inquiries to series editors: Jessica Bodoh-Creed ( and Melissa King (

The Matador Review

Call for Submissions

The Matador Review is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 publication. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end August 31.

Our purpose is to promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.


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