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CFR presents a Spotlight on Islamophobia Series event, “Islam, Sexuality and Islamophobia” panel (Jan. 29)

The Centre for Feminist Research (CFR) ispleased to announce the next event in the Spotlight on Islamophobia Series:
Islam, Sexuality and Islamophobia.
Date:Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room TBD, Keele Campus, York University
The ground-breaking work of Puar (2005) has illustrated that the discourse of the homophobic ‘other’ has been central to legitimizing the war on terror and justifying post 9/11 racial politics. Dominant narratives construct Western societies as accepting of homosexuality, whereas Islam and Muslim subjects are constructed as homophobic. Contesting such narratives, this panel will explore the ways in which Muslim communities in Canada and Europe are contesting homophobia.Panelists participating in this event are: El-Farouk Khaki, co-founder of the Toronto Unity Mosque;Dr. Naveen Minai, visiting scholar in Sexuality Studies at the Centre for Feminist Research; and Abdullah Qureshi,CFR Visiting Graduate Student
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Future spotlight on Islamophobia Series events are:
Blackness and Islam
Planned for the end of February 2020
By exploring the complex histories and expressions of Islam in Africa and Muslims of African origin, this lecture and workshop considers the intersections between Islamophobia, race and anti-blackness.
Islamophobia in the Francophone Context
Planned for the end of March 2020
Legislation such as Quebec Bills 94, 62 and 21 and France’s headscarf ban in 2004 suggest specific roots for Islamophobia in Quebec and France. This panel will bring together speakers from Francophone communities in Toronto, Quebec and France to explore the ways in which French and Quebec colonialism and nationalism are mutually constitutive and constructed through Islamophobia.
About the Spotlight on Islamophobia series
Islamophobia has become disturbingly prevalent in Canada, United States and Europe, and indeed has become a world-wide phenomenon. Often defined as a set of ideologies, discourses and practices that structures fear, hostility and rejection toward Muslims in Canada. Substantial scholarship has illustrated that Muslim subjects face harassment, discrimination, and at times, violence,in their daily lives, in schools, in housing, in applying for jobs, and in the workplaces. Particularly since 9/11, Islamophobia has become a subject of considerable scrutiny and interest.In an attempt to further understand one of the most entrenched form of racism, the Centre for Feminist Research Spotlight on Islamophobia series focuses on key aspects of the social forces that shape and reinforce contemporary practices of Islamophobia.


Jan 29 2020


2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


room TBD, York University @ 4700 Keele St
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