Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Special Issue of the Islamophobia Studies Journal
Journal Abstracts due: October 10, 2014 Full Articles due: March 2, 2015 This special issue of Islamophobia Studies Journal (ISJ) aims to generate and circulate new knowledge about the relationship between Islamophobia, gender, sexuality and racism.
It has been over a decade since the mediatization of events on 9-11-2001 created new forms and techniques of Islamophobia and brought along intensified scrutiny of politicized forms of Islam. Across the globe we note interactions between context-specific Islamophobia and its powerful transnational flows from elsewhere. We live in a world of increasing inter-connectedness, such that news, policies, images and practices can travel instantaneously between different sites. And in the current deepening economic crisis, we are witnessing an escalation of migration from postcolonial sites including Muslim-majority countries.
In this context gender, sexuality and race are enlisted in a variety of ways to legitimize and bolster Islamophobic discourses and practices. For instance, under the guise of saving women and queers from Arab and Muslim communities, Islamophobic colonial feminism and more recently imperialist concerns about “the status of homosexuality” has been used to legitimize invasions, occupations, war and destruction. Scholars have addressed some highly publicized examples, such as the occupation of Afghanistan that then U.S. President George W. Bush claimed, with the active support of colonial feminists, as a plan to “free” Afghan women from Afghan men. Islamophobia and Orientalism also guided the manipulation and deployment of queer sexualities in Abu Ghraib. While a plethora of examples abound, the analyses are very few. This project will shift that disconnect by providing a means to understand site-specific as well as transnational phenomena.
We welcome a range of critical contributions about flagrant as well as more subtle mechanisms and manifestations of gendered, sexualized and racialized Islamophobia. Within these contours articles may also address questions such as:
• Settler colonialism and other forms of colonialism; enslavement; neocolonialism; occupation; global capitalism; neo-liberalism; Islamophobia across the political spectrum from left to liberal to centrist and right-wing politics; political traumas; militarization, policing, surveillance, incarceration and security states; the juridicial; deployments of gendered and sexual imageries in psychological warfare.
• Material conditions of African, Arab and Asian Muslims; marginalization, exclusion and murderous inclusions; Orientalism, colonial feminisms and the saving enterprise; the construction, generalization and/or homogenization of Muslims; the uses and limitations of homonationalism; the exceptionalizing constructions of African, Arab and Asian Muslim queer and transgender subjects, and of African, Arab and Asian Muslim femininities and masculinities; materialities of dress codes and repressions.
• Dominant and popular culture; Islamophobic misidentifications or the extension of racialized targeting of Muslims to others; critiques of dominant fields of intelligibility, categories, terms, presuppositions and logics; constructions and deployments of Islamophobic terminologies such as “fundamentalism”; the notion of secularism; etc.
• Resistance to and solidarities against Islamophobia and its material conditions including: south-south, third world, and subaltern-to-subaltern feminist and queer alliances and solidarities; political organizing, art, writing, performance, cultural jamming, music and other cultural and intellectual labor.
Abstracts of 500 words are due by October 10, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full articles of no more than 8,000 words are due on March 2, 2015. Abstracts submitted for the special issue of IJS may also be considered for a subsequent larger anthology on Islamophobia: Gender, Sexuality and Racism to be co-edited by Rabab Abdulhadi and Paola Bacchetta. Please specify at the time of submission if you would like your manuscript to be considered for the Islamophobia Studies Journal, the book or both.