Call for Chapters: Urban Poetics and Politics in Contemporary South Asia and the Middle East


Moussa Pourya Asl, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022
Full Chapters Due: August 28, 2022
Submission Date: August 28, 2022


This edited book seeks chapter proposals that explore geographies of women’s urban experiences as depicted within the South Asian and the Middle Eastern Anglophone literature of the twenty-first century. The book is especially concerned with women’s stories that map the geography of the city as simultaneously gendered and un-gendered; narratives that reveal a series of truths about women’s oppression and activism in the city. Some of the questions that are of interest in this volume include: How women experience, navigate, contest and appropriate city spaces; how the gendered structure of the city restricts, controls, and shapes women’s life; how the misogynist nature of urban spaces creates in women a dystopian experience of the city; how the gendered structure of the city serves to promote violence against women; how the unjust geographies of the city help to exclude women from social participation; how women reassert their subjectivity by un-gendering urban spaces; how women use urban spaces to renegotiate gender roles; how women’s urban protests create feminist solidarity and alliance among women in the city; how women’s urban activism redefines spatial boundaries and cartographies of the city. This edited book welcomes chapter contributions that address these and related questions and explore literary representations of city and city spaces as experienced by women in South Asia and the Middle East.


This edited book aims to examine the poetics and politics of city and urban spaces in contemporary South Asia and the Middle East. With a particular focus on literary representations of city life in the present century, the volume seeks to shed light on how individuals constitute, experience, and navigate urban spaces in everyday life. This book aims to initiate a multidisciplinary approach to the study of city life by engaging disciplines such as urban geography, gender studies, feminism, literary criticism, and human geography.

Target Audience

The main target audience is the researchers, lecturers, and students in the fields of literary studies, urban studies, feminist geography, gender studies, cultural studies, Humanities and Social Sciences. The book can be used to teach courses on South Asia and the Middle East, Urban Life, Third-World feminism, women’s literature, feminist geography, and political sciences.

Recommended Topics

Part I. Gendering the City: Imagined and Experienced Urban Spaces -Unjust geographies and social inequality -Anonymity/Invisibility in the city and social exclusion -Geographies of violence and harassment -The city as an urban dystopia for female citizens -Geographies of separation and segregation -Spatial boundaries and anxieties -The urban gothic city in women’s stories -Class, race and discrimination -Disease, pollution and death in the city -Women out of place: displaced, re-rooted, transnational Part II. Un-Gendering the City: Women Activism and Contesting Urban Spaces -Urban spaces and the renegotiation of gender roles -Re-placing women, re-constructing the city -Contested urban spaces: Place and subjectivity -Heterotopias: the possible and the real -Solidarity and alliance across the city -Digital literary cartographies: Mapping women’s activism -Third spaces, contact zones, and shifting boundaries -Radical geographies and geographies of radicalism -Urban protests, anti-discrimination measures, and social movements

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 15, 2022, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by June 29, 2022 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 28, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Urban Poetics and Politics in Contemporary South Asia and the Middle East. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2023.

Important Dates

June 15, 2022: Proposal Submission Deadline
June 29, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
August 28, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
October 11, 2022: Review Results Returned
November 22, 2022: Final Acceptance Notification
December 6, 2022: Final Chapter Submission


Moussa Pourya Asl
Universiti Sains Malaysia


Social Sciences and Humanities
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