CfA: Gendered Resistance - Writing fellowships for Arab scholars and activists in the region

Call for applications, deadline 30 August 2018

Call for Applications
New Paradigms Factory | Cycle 3 | Theme: Gendered Resistance

Writing fellowships for Arab scholars and activists in the region

Application Deadline: August 30, 2018

The Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) is pleased to launch the third cycle of its New Paradigms Factory Program (NPF) on the theme of “Gendered Resistance.”

The NPF Program is a writing fellowship that aims at facilitating and supporting writing and publishing by Arab activists and junior scholars. The NPF program is particularly interested in attracting Arab activists and junior scholars who wish to write research-based essays targeting diverse academic and non-academic audiences, including activists, policy makers and/or the general public.

The New Paradigms Factory writing fellowship will support around twelve fellows residing in the Arab region. Selected fellows will be given mentorship by experienced activist-scholars for the writing and publishing of essays that critically reflect on dominant debates and offer alternative paradigms on the theme of “Gendered Resistance.”

The New Paradigms Factory program aims at publishing the fellows’ essays in an ACSS special volume on gendered resistance.

This program is funded by a grant provided to the ACSS by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Theme of the Program

In its third cycle, the NPF program is focusing on resistance from gender-centered perspectives. Applicants must critically explore not only structural and social violence and different forms of oppression, but also resistance to these forms:

  • What constitutes resistance at different scales and through different modalities?
  • How is resistance gendered? And what is its impact on gender relations and identities?
  • How is the conceptual framing of resistance shaped by hegemonic paradigms?
  • How do the ways that women, girls and gender-non conforming people resist represent a challenge to current dominant analytical paradigms?

Topics can also cover:

  • Vulnerabilities and resistance of girls and young women to multiple forms of violence, including but not limited to domestic and family violence and violence in public spaces;
  • LGBT groups;
  • Gendered resistance of people with disabilities;
  • Ethnic and linguistic groups;
  • Refugees and migrants;
  • Gendered analysis of economic insecurities and livelihoods;
  • Resistance during times of armed conflicts and state repression;
  • Initiatives and organizations that resist oppression from gendered perspectives;
  • Exploring the use of terms such ‘resistance’, ‘resilience’, ‘revolution’ and ‘struggle’ in their specific contexts;
  • Gender-based policies and campaigns against gender-based violence.