Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research
Kohl is a progressive, new journal on gender and sexuality in the Middle East, South West Asia and North Africa region. Kohl 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. Kohl originated from the belief that much of what is widely available for mainstream readership on gender and sexuality in the MENA region 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 topics and regions are left untreated. This journal hopes to trouble the hegemony of knowledge production, and will ensure that the MENA region plays a central role in redefining its own intersections and challenges when it comes to gender 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.