Kohl Journal

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Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research كحل: مجلة لأبحاث الجسد و الجندر is a progressive, feminist journal on gender and sexuality in the Middle East, South West Asia, and North Africa regions. Kohl Journal is a biannual, multilingual, open access, and peer reviewed academic journal. It targets mainly, but not exclusively, graduate-level academics, fresh graduates, independent writers, activists, and researchers who are not affiliated with an academic institution. We also welcome submissions from seminal contributors in the field.

Based in Beirut, Lebanon, and Paris, France, Kohl Journal originated from the belief that much of what is widely available for mainstream readership on feminism, gender, and sexuality in our regions is burdened with Orientalist misconceptions, shallow investigations, and a paradoxical mixture of over and under-researching. While particularly narrow, or “hot,” topics are popularized and explored in a myriad of ways, many important positionalities and contexts are left untreated. This journal hopes to trouble the hegemony of knowledge production, and ensure that our regions and communities play a central role in redefining their own intersections and challenges when it comes to feminist and sexuality research.

At Kohl, we intend to provide a non-exoticizing, non-minority platform to promote independent knowledge and knowledge by young and graduate-level academics, thereby bridging the gap between activist circles and academia. Kohl also encourages the free and equal access to information and resources. Feel free to read, share, and use our published material, provided you reference our authors and the journal.

Conceived in the corners of a class on Orientalism, Kohl is the realization of a political vision.

Kohl is the main publication of Archives du Savoir Feministe Intersectionnel (Intersectional Knowledge Publishers).

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Local Civil Society Organisation
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Communications & Media
Gender issues
Research & Studies
Training & Capacity Building
Women Status & Issues
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Editor in Chief
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Beirut , Beirut
Beirut LB
Contact person's name: 
Ghiwa Sayegh



The Alternative Economies Conference organized by Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research is a follow-up to our June 2019 issue on Organizing Against the Tide: Alternative Economies and Gendered Labor.

Date: Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, 2019
Location: Mansion in Beirut, Lebanon

A very limited number of travel grants is available.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019


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The Grants and Finances Consultant position is a consultancy over the span of 8 months that is meant to plan for Kohl and IKP’s next 10 years in terms of financial sustainability. The consultant will think through, then design, a fundraising strategy following feminist anti-capitalist models, as well as financial systems and policies. They will also take over all the processes related to funders and grants, from drafting proposals to meeting with funders to reporting, for the duration of the consultancy.

Monday, 18 September 2023

The Communications Strategist is a full-time position and plays a key role in the content creation, management, and distribution of Kohl and IKP’s publications and events.

In addition to conveying Kohl and IKP’s politics through communication and outreach strategies, the Communications Strategist is responsible for expanding our reach and exposure, increasing our network of collaborators, building community relations, and diversifying our content in forms and platforms.

Wednesday, 30 June 2021


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