Tugrul Keskin tugrulkeskin at pdx.edu
Mon Feb 3 00:10:37 MST 2014

Call for Papers
Beginning in 1969, Critical Sociology has examined social structures, social
change, and social problems through the lenses of the critical imagination.
Critical Sociology publishes scholarly work on transnational and global
sociology, and as a result of its initiatives, Latin American, and African
Sociology is now represented in the journal. Recently, the journal has
appointed a Middle East and North Africa Editor to attract work from
scholars in the region, and to coordinate a special issue, Sociological
Imagination in the Middle East.
As a social science, sociology has European origins; as a result,
scholarship on the Middle East has long been either ignored or enamored with
a European worldview. Conversely, social analysts and critics from the
Middle East have often rejected certain aspects of European sociology due to
its role in promoting ³modernization,² colonialism,² or secularism. The
emergence of sociology in Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria
in the mid-twentieth century, however, produced research that warrant
broader engagement and dialogue. Although some scholars found an audience in
academic circles outside their countries, for example, Ali Shariati (Iran)
and Niyazi Berkes (Turkey), much of this foundational scholarship
unfortunately remains overlooked. Late nineteenth/early twentieth century
critical scholarship from Prince Sabahaddin (Turkey), Ziya Gokalp (Turkey),
Cemil Meric (Turkey), Amir-Hossein Aryanpour (Iran), Hassan Hanafi (Egypt),
Ehsan Naraghi (Iran), and others is unknown outside the author¹s respective
country of origin.
As it stands, four perspectives tend to dominate the sociology of the Middle
East: secular liberalism, whose authors tend to reproduce moderate
variations of modernization theory; state-centered conservatism, whose
authors do the same but in the interests and/or service of conserving state
legitimacy; left-critical, whose authors tend to reproduce variations of
Marxist, world systems, or dependency theory; and Islamic-oriented
conservative nationalism. Since the end of the Cold War, Islamic-oriented,
conservative nationalist scholarship has increased, and left-critical
scholarship has shifted toward a more liberal, market orientation. This
shift is directly linked with the current social, political and economic
transformations in the region, and warrants closer scrutiny. Also,
revolution, technological advancement, and globalized education in the
region have opened new spaces and new opportunities for Middle East and
North African Sociology.
For this special issue of Critical Sociology, we invite scholarship by
researchers and analysts who incorporate diverse intellectual perspectives
that include, rather than marginalize, intellectual engagement with
scholarship from the North Africa and the Middle East. We welcome
submissions by sociologists working on, but not limited to, the following
·     Middle East and North African Sociology as a field of inquiry

·     Commodification of Middle East and North African Studies in Europe and
the USA

·     Neoliberal transformations and structural adjustment in the Middle
East and North Africa

·     Urban ­ rural demographic change and urbanization

·     Durability, success, and failure of leftist/Marxist movements

·     Ethnic/religious movement, tension, or conciliation

·     Workers, unions, labor Rights

·     Capital accumulation

·     Western Feminism versus Third World Feminism

·     Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual identities and movements

·     Human rights  - challenges in discourse and practice

The deadline for submitting abstracts is May 30, 2014. Abstracts should be
approximately 300 words and include the author¹s name and contact
information. Please send all abstract or other queries to Tugrul Keskin,
Middle East and North Africa Editor, at: (tugrulkeskin at pdx.edu
<mailto:tugrulkeskin at pdx.edu> ).
For more information on CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY, including instructions for
authors, see: http://crs.sagepub.com <http://crs.sagepub.com>
Authors will be notified by July 15, 2014 if their abstracts are selected,
with a full draft of the article due by December 31, 2014. All manuscripts
are subject to the standard peer-review process at Critical Sociology.
Prospective authors should feel free to communicate with the Middle East and
North Africa Editor about the appropriateness of their proposed papers.
Special Issue Editors:
Joshua Hendrick, Loyola University of Maryland jdhendrick at loyola.edu
<mailto:jdhendrick at loyola.edu>
Tugrul Keskin, Portland State University tugrulkeskin at pdx.edu
<mailto:tugrulkeskin at pdx.edu>

Tugrul Keskin

Assistant Professor of International and Middle Eastern Studies
Affiliated Faculty of Black Studies
Sociology and Center for Turkish Studies
Middle East Studies Coordinator (INTL)
Portland State University

Editor of Sociology of Islam Journal (Brill)
Region Editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa)
Book Review Editor of Societies Without Borders
International Studies and Global Sociology

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