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Mobilizing Difference: Gender, Islam, and the Production of Contemporary Europeanness

Event Type
European Union Center; Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Dept. of Gender and Women's Studies; Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; Dept. of Sociology; Center for Advance Study; IPRH; and a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Conference Grant
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building (map)
Sep 13, 2013 - Sep 14, 2013  
Various speakers
Originating Calendar
European Union Center Events

This conference will explore how discourses on Islam, gender, sexuality, and race are mobilized in the struggle over contemporary Europeanness.

It highlights especially approaches that draw on anti-racist, feminist, and queer of color critique.

This event is supported by the European Union Center; the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant; the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Center for Advance Study, the Dept. of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Dept. of Sociology.

The conference is open and free to the public.

For information, abstracts, and speaker biographies please consult the conference website:

If you have questions, please contact Yasemin Yildiz (


Rita Chin (History, University of Michigan)

Fatima El-Tayeb (Ethnic Studies and Literature, UC San Diego)

Umut Erel (Sociology and the Center for Citizenship, Identities, and Governance, Open University (United Kingdom)) 

Jessica Greenberg (Anthropology, University of Illinois)

David Gramling (German Studies, University of Arizona)

Petra Kuppinger (Anthropology, Monmouth College)

Chantal Nadeau (Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois)

Carl Niekerk (Germanic, University of Illinois)

Damani Partridge (Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan)

Junaid Rana (Asian American Studies, University of Illinois)

Siobhan Sommervile (English, University of Illinois)

Schedule Outline:

Friday, September 13, 2013

1:00pm-1:15pm Welcome
Yasmin Yildiz (Germanic)

1:15pm-3:00pm Panel 1
Rita Chin (University of Michigan): "The Politics of Sexual Democracy in the New Europe"
Fatima El-Tayeb (UC San Diego): "Time Travelers and Queer Heterotopias: Narratives from the Muslim Underground"
Chair: Yasemin Yildiz

3:00pm-3:15pm Coffee Break


3:15pm-5:00pm Panel 2
Damani Patridge (University of Michigan): "After Diaspora, Beyond Citizenship: Non-Citizen Youth Politics in Contemporary Berlin"
Petra Kuppinger (Monmouth College): "How to Become a Foreigner: Gender and Nationality in Germay"
Chair: Samir Meghelli (African American Studies/French)

5:00pm Reception

Saturday, September 14, 2013

10:00am-11:45am Panel 3
Umut Erel (Open University/UK): "Inhereted Difference: Projects of Migrant Mothering"
Chantal Nadeau (Gender and Women's Studies): "Courage, Queers, and a Post-Immunity Politics: A Comparative Perspective"
Chair: Anke Pinkert (Germanic)

1:00pm-2:45pm Panel 4
David Gramling (University of Arizona): "Hysterical Postsecularism: Rhetorics of Indifference toward Islam in Europe and the US"
Junaid Rana (Asian American Studies): "Reclaiming Radicalism: Critical Muslim Studies and the Left"
Chair: Behrooz Ghamari (Sociology/History)

2:45pm-3:00pm Coffee break

3:00pm-4:30pm Closing Roundtable
Jessica Greenberg (Anthropology)
Carl Niekerk (Germanic)
Siobhan Somerville (English)
Chair: Michael Rothberg (English)


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