Thursday, October 19
Que(e)rying Islamophobia: Race, Sexuality and Imperialism
Reza Abbasi, “Two Lovers” (ca. 1630)
Discourses of race, gender and sexuality have always served an important ideological function within imperialist projects, and the current phase of American imperialism, characterized by the War on Terror, is no exception. Given the contemporary geo-political context, this imperialist project requires the deployment of increasingly explicit forms of Islamophobia. “Queer rights” have become the latest front in this purported battle between Civilization (liberal modernity as embodied by “the West”) and Barbarism (Islam). This panel will bring together scholars and activists to discuss these and other issues pertaining to the nexus — historical as well as contemporary — between Islam, sexuality, and imperialism.
DATE: Thursday, October 19, 2006
TIME: 6-9 PM
LOCATION: CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9206/7
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