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Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics Under Neoliberal Islam

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program, with the support from the Intersectionality Community of Scholars and the Department of Sociology, is please to host Dr. Evren Savci (Yale University) as part of the Spring 2021 WGS Lecture Series. Free and open to the public (with registration).

Queer in Translation intervenes in queer studies’ separate, and in fact diagonally opposing approaches to neoliberalism and Islam by using the case of Turkey’s AKP governments for the past 16 years. I theorize “neoliberal Islam” as a unique regime that brings together economic and religious moralities that work to deploy marginality onto ever expanding populations instead of concentrating it in the lower echelons of society (as has been proposed for US neoliberalism, for instance). I suggest that sexual liberation movements are the most productive places from which to theorize neoliberal Islam as well as to imagine resistances to it, since those on the gendered and sexual margins have experienced the effects of such marginalization for longer and more intensely.

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Monday, February 22 at 12:10pm to 1:10pm

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