A Moveable East? North African & Middle Eastern Community, Education, & Media in Modern Europe


Fri, 04/19/2013 - 3:30pm

Keynote Address

Permanent Migrants, Muslim Europeans and the Racing of Religion
Fatima El-Tayeb

This talk builds on a larger project in which I trace continental European structures of racialization, which are interdependent with other Western understandings of race and national identity, but also diverge in important ways. The very particular configurations of race, religion, colonialism, sexuality, nation and “Europeanness” produce an externalization rather than subordination of racialized populations, which are permanently categorized as migrants, producing the notion of non-white/non-Christian Europeans as a contradiction in terms. I will briefly sketch my larger framework, then explore the role of class, gender and sexuality in the current racing of religion with regard to European Muslims and end by pointing to a tradition of radical cultural activism around issues of (sexual, ethnic, gender, and national) European identity that originated in exactly the communities of color that in current European discourses remain firmly on the outside.
Dr. Fatima El-Tayeb is a Professor in Literature and Ethnic Studies, and is Associate Director of the Critical Gender Studies Program at UC San Diego. Her most recent book, European Others, examines the position of racialized communities in the European Union, arguing that the tension between a growing nonwhite, non-Christian population and essentialist definitions of Europeanness produces new forms of identity and activism. El-Tayeb combines theoretical influences from both sides of the Atlantic to lay bare how Europeans of color are integral to the continent's past, present, and future.
Symposium Keynote Address
April 19, 2013
3.30 to 4.30pm
Marshall 490

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This keynote address is also part of the MENAS Colloquium Series, Spring 2013

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