Submission Guidelines

Call for papers: spring 2022 issue

The Politics of Gender Equality

Gender has always been a political issue. It has been a site of intervention by the state and has been simultaneously shaped by changing global norms and international resolutions. Systematic gender inequality has motivated resistance and political contestation in everyday life, but also in academic scholarship which has opened up new avenues and modes of inquiry in the social sciences. 

In addition to emphasizing that questions of power lie at the core of gender-based violence and discrimination, feminist theorists have effectively blurred the boundaries between the public and private spheres and challenged the binary between the political and the personal. Critical scholarship has increasingly highlighted the importance of conceptualizing femininity and masculinity – especially militarized masculinity – within the study of war and peace. Meanwhile, a growing body of knowledge within mainstream political economy has studied how gender affects access to assets, finance, opportunities, and labor markets. Scholars have highlighted that gender is a topic that cannot be addressed in isolation; it intersects and interweaves with class, race, and sexuality. 

The call for papers takes as its point of departure and inspiration the grassroots feminist burst of activity in the past several years in Egypt. Women and girls have taken to social media to highlight issues ranging from street harassment and assault to domestic violence, marital rape, and gang rape, seeking legal and public action. The visibility of these stories has forced a national conversation that has long been denied. 

Submissions can deal with Egypt, the Middle East, or other areas, and can address this subject in a comparative or international framework. We welcome submissions that center on gender as a focus of their analysis, including how gender influences social, political, and economic phenomena or how it features in international politics. We also welcome interdisciplinary submissions from across the social sciences that draw upon feminist theories or methodologies or speak to the relationship between power and patriarchy. 

Submissions may come in the following visual and written forms

  • Research papers in the range of 4,000 - 6,000 words  

  • Book reviews in the range of 1,000 - 2,000 words 

  • Political film and/or art reviews in the range of 2,500 - 3,000 words

  • Roundtables/Interviews in the range of 2,500 - 3,000 words

Interested authors must submit one-page proposals in English for submission electronically to the Khamasin faculty editors, Heba Taha and Sophie Haspeslagh by email.

The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2021, at 5:00 pm Cairo time. Late submissions are not accepted.

Submission Guidelines

Proposals are only considered in Microsoft Word format, along with an email including the paper’s title, the authors’ name, and a 75-word abstract of the intended article. manuscripts submitted for consideration must not have been previously published elsewhere including online or as a working paper, in English or any other language. Text and reference note style should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. All manuscripts must use footnotes rather than endnotes or in-line citations. 

Additional Details on the Submission and Publication Process

In October/November and April/May of each academic year, the editor will announce a call for papers for the spring and fall issues of Khamasin respectively. The fall Issue of Khamasin is launched in November. The spring Issue of Khamasin is launched in May.

Below are the projected deadlines submission, leading to the eventual online publication for the spring issue

  • Announcement of call for proposals for spring Issue by: early October (launch of fall issue)
  • Deadline for proposals for spring Issue due: November
  • Deadline for draft one of submissions due: January
  • Editor review of draft one of submissions due: February
  • Deadline for draft two of submissions due: March 
  • External review of draft two of submissions: April
  • Final drafts: April
  • Layout: April/May
  • Publication: early May