The Syria Studies journal of the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of St Andrews invites submissions for a special issue on subjects related to the following theme: Gender and the Syrian Conflict. Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2020.


The journal of Syria Studies seeks submissions for a special issue exploring the relationship between gender and the Syrian conflict, from 2011 to the present. The focus is on the nexus between the sociocultural, political, and economic dynamics of the Uprising and subsequent civil war, and how women in particular have responded to, experienced, and emerged from these nine years of conflict. Both theoretically informed and/or empirically grounded submissions are welcome. Specific themes include, but are not confined to:

  • Major legal, economic and political manifestations of and developments in the patriarchy of pre-2011 Syria;
  • Women's participation and leadership in the initial phase of the Syrian Uprising;
  • Analyses and explorations of categories of pietist and secular activism amongst women;
  • The weaponization of women by, and against, all parties involved in the conflict;
  • Discourses of gendered violence;
  • Women’s own use of and participation in violence;
  • The politics of gender and the gendering of politics;
  • The role of women in conflict resolution and post-war reconstruction.

This special issue welcomes submissions that employ multi-disciplinary approaches and invites contributions that explore these themes through feminist, and intersectional lenses that incorporate perspectives on gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, religion, nationality, and economic status. Contributions that focus on marginalized voices are particularly welcome.

Papers should be between 8,000-10,000 words (including all footnotes and bibliography).

Please register and submit your papers through this website.

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