Friday, September 24 –
Saturday, September 25, 2021
8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The public will be invited to attend portions of the 2-day conference.
Links for day one's keynote address by Deniz Kandiyoti followed by the public panel, and day two's keynote address by Phillip Ayoub will be available soon.
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