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Book project on North African cultural studies: Call for contributions

Book project on North African cultural studies: Call for contributions

Book project on North African cultural studies: Call for contributions

The deadline to send in the completed papers is 30 September 2017

The MEdiNA Studies programme of the International University of Rabat (Morocco) is calling for contributions for the special edition of its Maghrebi/North African Cultural Studies Reader (MCSR), which will be published in English for the first time.

The MCSR aspires to bring together some of the top researchers from the North African area, and aims to encourage national and international students to engage with and debate the evolution of cultural studies and to expand their visions in new directions.

The publication grants contributors new opportunities to cross boundaries by dismantling history, anthropology, ethnography, political sciences, fine arts, literature, gender, social media, sub-culture and society. Shying away from abstract theory in favour of practical history, this book project seeks to highlight the function and impact of the humanities on shaping knowledge and enhancing the institutional intelligence of North African societies in an age of technologised paradigms of education, religion and politics.

The initiative should bring together cutting-edge field-work research and case studies by leading authors with the aim of probing underlying structures and providing an essential guide to the development of key issues and exploring future directions for cultural studies in the region and beyond.

The first expanded edition of the MCSR includes:

  • An editor’s preface succinctly introducing each article with suggestions for further reading;
  • Comprehensive coverage of every major cultural studies method and theory;
  • An updated account of recent publications and developments in the field;
  • A selection of articles on new areas, such as arts and crafts, music, poetry, cyberculture, globalisation, post-colonialism, public spheres and cultural policy;
  • A fully revised bibliography and an extensive reference guide for further reading.

The call for contributions applies to any of the following issues or topics related to North African cultures and societies:

  • Essentialist feminism in the Arab-Islamic world;
  • Gendered positions in MEdiNA cultural studies;
  • Family code and women’s rights in Morocco;
  • Repetition and difference in Moroccan post/colonial literature;
  • Refugees and human rights;
  • Maghrebi literature, language and identity politics;
  • Arab intellectuals and political governance;
  • The dialogics of Moroccan Jewish cultural heritage;
  • The aesthetics of orality and the poetics of folk performances;
  • The Arabspringing of youth and the challenge of de-radicalisation;
  • Reform agendas in post-Arab Spring North Africa;
  • Satellite dialogues and the empowerment of a gendered Arab Spring narrative;
  • Developing a narrative of difference: other his/stories of women writing;
  • The anxiety of feminist difference and the politics of patriarchy in the Maghreb;
  • Disorientalising the Orient: orientalism, ethics and marginal writings;
  • Beyond male gaze ambivalence: unveiling Moroccan body politics;
  • Ethnographies of space: narrating city streets.


The abstracts and full texts of participants’ papers should be sent to the book project coordinator, Dr Najib Mokhtari, professor, MEdiNA Studies Programme at the International University of Rabat:

The papers, which should not exceed 7,000 words in length, should be sent in English in a single Word document (.doc or .docx file) and should include:

  • A cover page that contains the title of the manuscript, an abstract of 200/250 words and 8 to 12 keywords;
  • The full paper with footnotes, if any, at the bottom of the page;
  • Bibliographical references in alphabetical order and in accordance with international publication style standards.

The deadline to send in the completed papers is 30 September 2017.

For more information about this call for contributions, please click here


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