Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World
Call for Papers

The Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), based in the Lebanese American University, is soliciting articles for the forthcoming issue of the quarterly publication Al-Raida. The central topic for this edition of the journal will be Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Women in the Arab World.

We are interested in receiving papers based on academic studies or critical essays that address concerns related to ICTs and women in the Arab World. Within this issue, we will focus on understanding the gender-specific experiences of women in the Arab world with regards to ICTs such as the internet, satellite television and cell phones. The papers to be considered will explore womanhood and social, cultural or religious identity within the context of access to, use of, and representation through ICTs. Topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Gendered demographics and practices of ICT use among Arab populations
* Arab women and the formation of information communication technologies, strategies and policies
* Impact of ICT use on Arab family and social hierarchies
* Expressions of gender, identity, and experience through ICTs
* ICTs and migration from, to, and within Arab countries, with particular regard to gender
* Potential for issue-based organization and economic participation by Arab women via ICTs
* ICTs and women
s health communication, development, or peacebuilding in the Arab world

Kindly send your emails simultaneously to the managing editor, Ms. Myriam Sfeir, at and to the guest editor, Ms. Kristin Shamas, at Completed submissions will be due by November 15, 2008.>>