CFP: Voices in Middle Eastern and North African Communication and Cultural Studies: Thinking Transnationally

Call for Papers: Proposed Book Project

Voices in Middle Eastern and North African Communication and Cultural Studies: Thinking Transnationally  

Editors: Dr. Haneen S. Ghabra, Kuwait University, Dr. Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui, San Francisco State University, Dr. Shadee Abdi, University of New Mexico, and Dr. Bernadette Marie Calafell, University of Denver

At the heart of communication and critical cultural studies is a discipline that has been slowly expanding its borders around the issues of racism, sexism, ability, privilege, and oppression. As Latinx, African American, Asian Pacific American, Disability and LGBTQ studies widen and shift the scope of Communication Studies, what often gets underplayed is the role of transnational Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies. It is imperative that the experiences of transnational individuals who live and move between the region and the U.S. are centered. For this reason, our goal is to begin to bring Middle Eastern communication and critical cultural studies in conversation with global and transnational studies. We ask, how can scholars make a space for transnational MENA studies within communication and cultural studies? What are the pressing issues? Thus, at a time where Arab, Arab Americans, Iranians, and Iranian Americans, and other MENA ethnic communities are under attack by Western media and governments, it is crucial to center their voice from a transnational perspective that privileges their positionalities and experiences rather than continue to study them from a reductive Eurocentric lens. Accordingly, this book aims to bring together a diverse collection of essays to showcase the complexity and cultural nuances that compose the Middle East and North Africa and its diasporas in the United States. Important work has been published interdisciplinary by prominent scholars such as Lila Abu-Lughod, Janet Afary; Leila Ahmed; Nadje Al-Ali; Amar; Talal Asad; miriam cooke; Deniz Kandiyoti; Saba Mahmood; Joseph Massad; Fatema Mernissi; Afsaneh Najmabadi; Edward Said; Jack Shaheen; Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Sima Shakhsari; Loubna Skalli. We seek to build on existing scholarship by including essays that theorize from a communication and critical cultural studies lenses. Our approach to communication and critical cultural studies is informed by critical performative, rhetorical, feminist, queer, intercultural, social justice and media studies. Furthermore, scholars are encouraged to focus on specific countries or diasporas or general representations of the MENA region. This book aims to bring together work by established and new or emerging scholars.

List of suggested topics for submission can include (but are not limited to):

  • Creative or performative approaches or perspectives to MENA identities
  • Vernacular discourse
  • Critical Rhetoric of Muslims in Western Discourse
  • Postcolonial approaches to MENA identities
  • Intersectionality
  • Queer/ed approaches to MENA identities

.  Social movements and social justice

.  Social media and youth

.  MENA feminisms

.  Critical intercultural approaches to MENA

.  Monstrosity and horror

Submission Requirements and Due Dates

In order to have a creative work and/or research manuscript considered for publication, please submit the following:

  1. A 1- to 2 page chapter proposal summarizes your submission’s goals, scope, and argument with a clear articulation of your submission’s contribution to MENA, communication, and critical cultural studies.
  2. A copy of each author’s most recent CV.

Please email these materials to Drs. Haneen Ghabra, Fatima Zahrae Chrifi Alaoui, Shadee Abdi, and Bernadette Marie Calafell at by September 15th, 2017.

Responses to submitters will be sent by December 18th, 2017, with first drafts due by June 1st, 2018. 

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WSCA award

Please consider nominating someone for this award!

Western States Communication Association Performance Studies Interest Group Outstanding Contributions to Performance Studies Award (OCPSA)
a. This award seeks to honor a WSCA member who has completed a terminal degree and has been active with performance studies for more than five years. The criteria for this award are as follows:
i. Regular past or present attendance to the WSCA convention and active involvement in the performance studies discipline as well as the performance studies interest group
ii. A robust body of scholarship including both publications and performances
iii. A history of service to performance studies with specific service to WSCA.
iv. Persons must be nominated (including self-nominations) by a current WSCA member
v. Winner should ideally plan to attend the convention in which she/he/ze is being awarded

b. Deadline: Nominations are due by the WSCA submission deadline, September 1, 2016. Letters of nomination should be no more than 2 pages and include the following: a brief history of the individual’s work, a justification for awarding the individual, and a description of the contributions made by this individual to WSCA. Please also include a copy of the nominee’s CV. All nominations must be sent via email to the Chair-Elect of the Performance Studies Interest group, Bernadette Calafell, who serves as the OCPSA Committee Chairperson.
c. Submit nominations electronically to: and place “OCPSA Nomination” in the subject line.

Should you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Performance Studies Interest Group chair at or Chair-Elect at