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Call for Proposals

Call for proposals

The Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program at Rice University’s Baker
Institute in collaboration with the American University in Cairo’s Center for Migration and
Refugee Studies (CMRS) is inviting paper proposals for the workshop, “The Intersection of
Gender and Displacement in the Middle East and North Africa.” The workshop will be held
at the American University in Cairo on October 9 and 10, 2022.

One undeniable consequence of the 2011 Arab uprisings was displacement within and from the
region for millions of individuals, the majority of them Syrian. A decade later, 6.7 million
Syrians live outside of their homeland, in addition to millions of Palestinians, Iraqis, Afghans,
and other nationalities. This workshop seeks to explore how gender—an often-neglected variable
within migration and refugee studies—affects experiences of displacement, as well as policies
toward displaced individuals. Presented papers should consider whether and how gender roles
change in the course of displacement and how gender has been integrated (or not) into
humanitarian programming. While displacement can create gender-specific hardships or
exacerbate existing inequalities, it can also create new opportunities and transform gender
relations. With a focus on displacement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region,
scholars and practitioners are invited to contribute paper proposals that seek to better understand
how men and women may experience displacement differently, as well as how policies can better
account for gender.

Researchers and practitioners based in the Middle East and North Africa working on these topics
are invited to submit a proposal for a policy brief – no more than 2,000 words – that will be
presented at a two-day workshop at the American University in Cairo on October 9 and 10, 2022.
After receiving feedback from organizers, discussants and audience members at the workshop,
the contributing authors will have the opportunity to revise their papers. The finalized briefs will
be published in a collected series edited by Dr. Kelsey Norman in collaboration with the CMRS
and published by Rice University’s Baker Institute.

Applicants should submit a title and abstract of no more than 200 words by June 20, 2022 to
Ana Martin Gil ( The organizers will notify authors about the results of the
review process by July 1, 2022. Travel and accommodation for the workshop will be covered by
the Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies can assist
with letters of support for participants requiring a visa to travel to Egypt.