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CFP: “Arabs and Arab Americans” Panel for American Sociological Association Annual Meeting

CFP Submitted by:

Kristine J. Ajrouch, PhD
Professor of Sociology
Eastern Michigan University

Dear Colleagues,

I write to invite your submission to the American Sociological Association’s 110th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on August 22-25, 2015.

I am chairing this year’s regular Session on “Arabs and Arab Americans.” This session is sponsored by ASA only every other year so I want to urge you to consider submitting to this session and encourage others to do so as well.

Submissions for the 2015 program must be made via the online system which will open on December 5, 2014.
The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at3:00pm EST.

This is an important year to bring the discussion on Arabs and Arab Americans to ASA given the changing social world for these communities. For instance, linking to the meeting theme may invite examination of how gender and sexualities have become politicized whether in discussing the protests in Tahrir Square, the veil in Europe, women’s rights in Morocco and Lebanon, or political openings in Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, demographic changes of the Arab American community, including matters of youth, health, family and aging, or other relevant issues, also represent key issues in need of critical and systematic study.

Though we aim to reflect the meeting theme, papers may address any issue relevant to Arab and Arab Americans.

Details for how to submit maybe found at the following link: http://www.asanet.org/meetings/CallforPapersPolicies.cfm.

However, please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the submission at kajrouch@emich.edu. Also note that while full papers are expected before 3 pm ESTon January 7th, working papers are also accepted if they are in an advanced stage.

Please note the ASA meeting theme: Sexualities in the Social World which is described as follows:

Sex usually occurs in private and is seen as deeply personal, yet it is also profoundly social. Cultural norms and social institutions such as religion, education, mass media, law, and the military all affect what we do sexually with whom. These social forces also affect what is seen as beyond the bounds of legitimacy. Indeed, contemporary politics are full of contentious debates about abortion, sex education, same-sex marriage, pornography, sex work, sexual harassment, systematic rape as a weapon in wars, and female genital cutting. Given the importance of sexuality in people’s lives, and its relevance to many areas of sociology, ASA President Paula England has selected it as the theme for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the ASA.


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