Middle East Studies

Conference | Queer Feminist Perspectives on Political Homophobia and Anti-Feminism in the Middle East and Europe

Queer feminine perspectives

Friday, September 24 –
Saturday, September 25, 2021

8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Event



The conference will take place on September 24 – 25, 2021, as a two-day virtual event that aims to bring together researchers, activists, and community organizers to discuss how discourses on gender and sexuality have evolved in the Middle East and Europe amid the rise of far-right and authoritarian movements.

There are three objectives. Firstly to situate far-right and authoritarian actors in their respective socio-historical contexts, and, secondly, to discuss how political homophobia and anti-feminism have developed as core ideological elements of the far right in a local transregional framework. Finally, the conference aims to shed light on local, transregional, and global responses to homophobia and anti-feminism in the respective regions. Queer and feminist paradigms will significantly contribute to our conversation about the far right and social justice.

By adopting this lens, we will bring an intersectional perspective to the study of sex, sexuality, gender, and intimacy: one that builds on the awareness of diverse context boundaries while focusing on the non-normative expressions, practices, identities, and desires at a time of a resurgence of far-right nationalisms. 

Organizers: Gökçe Yurdakul, Nadje Al-Ali, Katharina Galor, and Tunay Altay

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Virtual Event
Workshops, Conferences, Seminars

Keynote Speakers
Deniz Kandiyoti is an emeritus professor in the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She is the author of Concubines, Sisters and Citizens: Identities and Social Transformation (1997) and editor of Gender, Governance and Islam (2019) and Fragments of Culture: The Everyday of Modern Turkey (2002). 

Phillip Ayoub is an associate professor in the Department of Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College and a fellow at the Centre for International Security at the Hertie School. He is the author of When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility (2016) and editor of LGBT Activism and the Making of Europe: A Rainbow Europe? (2014). 

Friday, Sept. 24
The public is invited to register for and attend the following events. These will also be livestreamed:

  • 8:45-9:00 a.m. EST -  Conference opening remarks
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m. EST - Opening keynote address by Deniz Kandiyoti. Moderated by Nadje Al-Ali. Participation by event organizers
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m. EST - music performance by Palestinian cellist Faris Amin 
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. EST - Opening panel (with Khalid Abdel-Hadi, Andrea Pető, Ann Phoenix, and Alyosxa Tudor. Tunay Altay as moderator and participation by event organizers)

The following panels are open to the public by registration but will not be livestreamed

  • 11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m. EST - Formation: Right-wing Discourses and Policies (1)
  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. EST - Transnational Perspectives 
  • 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. EST - Transnational Perspectives 

Saturday, Sept. 25
The following panels are open to the public by registration but will not be livestreamed

  • 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. EST:  Digital Spaces
  • 9:05 a.m.-10:05 a.m. EST: Formation – Right-wing Discourses and Policies (2)
  • 10:20 a.m.-11:20 a.m. EST: Reaction, Resilience, Resistance
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST: Religion

The public is invited to register for and attend the following event. This event will also be livestreamed:

  • 12:30 -1:30 p.m. EST - Closing keynote address by Phillip Ayoub. (Tunay Altay and Gökçe Yurdakul moderating, and participation by event organizers). 
  • 1:30-1:45 p.m. EST - Closing remarks