AMEWS Association for Middle East Women's Studies

AMEWS Conference


UPDATE: Notifications to applicants have been sent out. If you submitted an abstract and did not receive a notification, please check you junk/spam folder first and if you still did not find a notification, please email Rasmieyh Abdelnabi at 

We received over 400 abstracts and can only accommodate around 70, demonstrating to us the timeliness and need for a conference centered on women’s, gender, sexuality, and feminist studies in/of the region. The AMEWS Executive Board and Conference Planning Committee are greatly looking forward to this opportunity to collaborate and share in critical knowledge production. With this first step, we hope this will become a regular event that will bring women’s, gender, sexuality, and feminist scholars from and/or of the region together in meaningful conversation.

Registration to attend the conference is open to the public: There is no fee for registration, but attendees are encouraged to obtain AMEWS membership for 2022 (which includes access to the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies). Kindly consult the Duke University Press website for details about AMEWS membership. Please visit the AMEWS Conference Registration Form and complete the questionnaire.

Planning Committee: Fatima Sadiqi, Chair; Hanadi Al-Samman, Angie Abdelmonem, Louise Cainkar, Amaney Jamal, Suad Joseph, & Rasmieyh Abdelnabi


The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for an international conference on gender and women’s studies in the Middle East in the second week of March 2021 in Beirut, Lebanon, in partnership with local universities (American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University).  This is the first AMEWS conference in the Middle East.  The conference engages scholars from multiple locations in and outside of the region, on the cutting-edge topics propelling research on gender and women’s studies in the Middle East  and with populations in the diaspora. The call is open to the broad range of topics on gender and women’s studies in the social sciences and humanities: politics, economics, history, sexualities, culture, arts, digital humanities and so forth. The abstracts will be reviewed and thematically organized.  There may be invited speakers and sessions.  AMEWS expects to be able to fund the travel, accommodations and catering for the majority of the participants, with funding priority going to those residing in the Middle East.  Several products are planned, including publications and engagements with NGO’s and other local organizations committed to gender issues.  For more information about AMEWS, see and the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract (250 words) on a topic of your interest – include in the abstract why you believe this is a pressing topic.

Abstract template:

Snail Mail:
Title of paper:
Abstract of 250 words.

Please send your abstracts to Angie Abdelmonem:

The deadline for sending abstracts is October 30, 2019.