‘States of Being: Narratives of Queer Muslim Diasporas in Contemporary Scholarship’

‘States of Being: Narratives of Queer Muslim Diasporas in Contemporary Scholarship’

Series Name Queering Islam
Speaker Samar Habib
Type Lectures & Talks
Starts at Nov 25, 2015 05:30 PM
Ends at Nov 25, 2015 06:30 PM
Venue Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3
Open To Public

The latest trends in the study of homosexuality and migration will be explored in a free lecture taking place on 25 November between 5.30 and 7pm in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3. Please book your ticket(s) here.

Homosexuality is still a controversial topic in many Muslim communities both in the West and elsewhere. The work of Samar Habib, the trail-blazing author of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: Histories and Representations (Routledge, 2007) and editor of Islam and Homosexuality (Praeger, 2010), has been central to the late critical exploration of Islam’s relationship with homosexuality, a rich and complex history often shirked by conservative Islamic commentators and generally unknown to western onlookers keen to construct Islam as uniformly repressive.

Habib’s lecture at the University of Leicester, entitled ‘States of Being: Narratives of Queer Muslim Diasporas in Contemporary Scholarship’, will explore the strand of academic work examining Muslim same-sex desire and migration. Habib argues that the rise in scholarly preoccupation with Islam in the ‘West’ and with queer diasporic Muslims is twofold: it is not only the result of organisation and visibility of queer Muslims in the diaspora, but also a response to Islamophobic nationalist discourses in the West.

In her lecture, Habib will take a geographic survey of this abundance in contemporary scholarship on queer Muslim diasporas in search of common threads and differences across national borders and contexts. How do various nation states respond to the emergency of queer Muslims? How do queer Muslims narrate their identities in a diasporic, and often hostile, context? What questions do researchers ask and still need to ask?

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, this lecture will be the inaugural event of Queering Islam, a new series of events in the academic year 2015-2016, involving lectures, readings and film screenings probing the relationship between Islam and sexual non-normativity. The series’ organiser, Alberto Fernández Carbajal is Leverhulme Fellow at the School of English. The events are meant to inform his 3-year research project Queer Diasporas: Islam, Homosexuality and a Micropolitics of Dissent.

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