CFP Beyond Tragedies of War: Voices and Bodies of Women from The Global South

Beyond Tragedies of War: Voices and Bodies of Women from The Global South

deadline for submissions:
March 1, 2020
full name / name of organization:
Lava Asaad (Auburn University) and Fayeza Hasanat (University of Central Florida)
contact email:

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nadia Murad, a former captive of ISIS is an essential reminder of the sacrifices women make during a war which often go unnoticed or unacknowledged as heroic. In countless areas of the Global South, the female body has endured physical and psychological violation. Rape is an effective strategy of war and ethnic cleansing, and the violated community finds it difficult to speak about their fate during the time of war and of peace as well. In most cases, the raped body goes silent, feeling ashamed and fearing retributions from all spheres of life. Writing about rape and sexual violence during the war is too difficult and too crucial a task for the writers from the war -impacted zones around the world and throughout histories.

For our edited collection, we are seeking critical insightful essays on literature from the Global South that explore the issues of sexual violence and war, which go beyond the limits of sympathy into rightfully acknowledging female [and male] heroism.


Topics may include but not limited to:

Female refugees

Rape victims of war

Imprisoned female bodies

Sexual degradation of (bodies)

Mothers’ sacrifice during war etc.

Children of war

Religion, morality, and /in war


Abstracts of 250 words with a short bio should be emailed no later than March 1st 2020 to and to