Saturday, April 8, 2017


Organized by
Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, IbnZohr University (Morocco)
In collaboration with
University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
Proposals due: April 20, 2017
Venue: Kenzy, Farah Azghor. Ouarzazate

It is our privilege and honor to invite proposals for panels or individual papers for our upcoming International Conference on Gender and Politics on the theme of “Women and Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: The Road to Sustainable Democracy and Democratization” to be held in October 24-26, 2017. The Conference is hosted and organized by the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, Ibn Zohr University in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The conference venue, which is Kenzy, Farah Azghor in the city of Ouarzazate Morocco, is located in a charming town in southeastern Morocco, 205 kilometers from Marrakech and at the edge of the Sahara. Referred to as the “door of the Desert,” Ouarzazate is known internationally for its historic kasbah fortresses and its studios, where many Hollywood films were made.

This conference is unique in three ways. First, its cutting-edge content deals with the prospects of sustaining women’s rights and empowerment in an age of uncertainty, where more nations in many parts of the world seem to be rolling back hard fought democratic freedoms. It provokes many new challenging research questions which clearly show that the old boundaries of concepts dissolve and that new approaches and fresh thinking are needed. Second, its international scope aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform and a stimulating international academic forum including all sorts of stakeholders, create many opportunities for networking and socializing with the participants. Third, it is being held in a charming location called Ouarzazate; a city in southeastern Morocco, known internationally for its historic kasbah fortresses and its studios, where many Hollywood films have been made.

Additionally, the conference affords spaces and times for less formal discussions, which are an important factor supporting the transfer of knowledge and the exchange of experiences so needed in one’s academic life. Our esteemed keynote speakers are well-known for their dynamic, informative and thought provoking speeches. ICGP’17proudly presents the following keynote speakers: Professor Fatima Sadiqi from the University of Fez in Morocco, Professor Dahlerup Drude from University of Stockholm in Sweden; Professor miriam cooke from the Duke University in USA and Professor Aili Mari Tripp from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in USA. ICGP’17 welcomes young researchers, the next generation of experts in our field, and invites them to contribute and meet with the seniors.

Please examine our call for papers and consider joining us in Ouarzazate October 24-26, 2017. ICGP’17 is a very promising international meeting place and a stimulating venue for presenting research on the future of women’s rights.    

Papers may address, but are not restricted to any of the following themes:
  • Gender and citizenship;
  • The role of women and women’s movements in sustaining democracy;
  • Gender quotas and women’s political representation/participation;
  • Women’s rights and gender(ed) policies in established democracies;
  • Political economy/capitalism, democracy and gender;
  • Eco-feminist perspectives on environmental governance;
  • The implications of the retreat of democracy for women in politics and society;
  • Gender rights and democratic transition;
  • Women’s rights and gender policies before and after the Arab Spring protests;
  • The role of women in countering terrorism;
  • Gender, Politics and masculinity;
  • Gender, conflict and militarization;
  • Gender and peacemaking/peace building/conflict resolution/mediation;
  • The relation between gender, democracy and violence;
  • Women’s leadership and democracy/democratization;
  • The role of international institutions in fostering gender equality in relation to democracy.

We seek a broad range of contributions on (but not limited to) politics, philosophy, psychology, gender studies, history, economics, law, organizational studies, and sociology as well as interdisciplinary proposals. We welcome a variety of presentation formats, such as individual paper presentations, panel sessions and roundtable discussions. We especially welcome an intersectional approach to any of the topics. 

The working language of the conference will be English with no translation provided.

Deadline for Proposals: April, 20 2017
Authors of high quality papers will be invited to submit their work for potential publication in a special issue in the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS).

Contact Info: 
Hanane Darhour
Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate (Morocco)
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