CFP: Gender, Culture and Trade in the Medieval Islamicate World, 49th ICMS, 8-11 May 2014

Closing date for proposals:  September 15, 2013

Special Session, Gender, Culture and Trade in the Medieval Islamicate World (7th -15th centuries),
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 8-11 May 2014.

The International Congress on Medieval studies takes place annually on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA. Sponsored by the Medieval Institute, the Congress brings together more than 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies, offering performances, roundtables, workshops and films in addition to scholarly papers.

This panel is focused on exploring the intersection of gender, culture and trade in the medieval Islamicate world. Definition of gender roles in the medieval Islamicate world was, at times, complex and subtle; relating more to social status, dress and performance than biological sex or sexual preference. How gender was constructed and its impact on different Islamicate cultures was one of several factors that influenced the construction of legal, religious, artistic, and economic institutions. These include the development of the women’s quarters as a physical and social locale, rules related to dress and the veil, representations of men and women in the arts and literature, shifting definitions of free/unfree and clientage and the slave trade. Studies related to all areas of the Islamicate world, including Asia, Africa, Mesopotamia and Arabia, India, Persia and the Mediterranean are welcome, as is research into trade networks, cultural exchange, and slavery among different regions.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 400 words and a Participant Information form to Lisa Nielson by September 15, 2013. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Panelists will be notified before October 1, 2013. The participant information forms are available online at:

Email submissions are strongly encouraged. Please put “Medieval Conf, 2014” in the subject heading of your submission or question.


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