Alternative Economies Conference


We are pleased to invite abstracts for the Alternative Economies conference organized by Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research. The conference is a follow-up to our June 2019 issue on Organizing Against the Tide: Alternative Economies and Gendered Labor; it will be held over two days, Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, 2019, and will take place at Mansion in Beirut, Lebanon. The two days will includes discussions and presentations by authors who have published in the upcoming June issue, in addition to other interventions from contributors and researchers working in the field.

The two-day conference builds on the same themes as Kohl’s June 2019 issue. We are looking for interventions rooted in feminist, queer, and intersectionality theories to discuss alternative modes of organizing that are both feminist and leftist, and to reimagine what alternative economies would look like in the current world system.

Overthrowing the current economic system has been a core mobilizer in revolutionary discourse against the status quo, but how does that happen? What are the overlaps of patriarchy and capitalism? What type of labor is valued under the current economy? How does it translate in the practices of our organizing for social and feminist justice? How can we think of gender and class disparities among queer bodies?

To apply, please send your presentation title, an abstract (max 500 words), and a bio (max 200 words) to as a .doc or .docx file, with “Alternative Economies Conference” as the subject of your e-mail. Priority will be given to women, trans, and intersex from the MENA region.

We are able to cover the flight and accommodation costs of a very limited number of participants from outside Lebanon. In order to submit a travel grant application, please fill the following survey. The travel grant is only open to women, trans, and intersex from the MENA region.

The deadline for submitting a complete application is Wednesday, May 15, 2019, and successful applicants will be contacted by Monday, May 20, 2019.