Webinar on Contemporary Issues in Queer Research: Dr. Mohammad Naeimi
Ontology and Phenomenology of Queer Muslims in the Time of Homonationalism and Religious Fundamentalism.
Dr. Mohammad Naeimi, Lecturer at the University of Iceland
Complicating the dialogue among gender, sexuality, and religion, this talk will discuss an assemblage of theories regarding the ontological and phenomenological understanding of queer Muslims in Europe and the intersectionality of their identities and precariousness in terms of being queer, Muslim, and (im)migrant. Focusing on the search of alternatives, which is inherent in the deconstructive project of postmodernism, to the static identity conceptualization, the talk will show that ontologically queer Muslims fit neatly into the postmodern project of conceptualizing multiple identities since queerness and being Muslim, from a Foucauldian perspective, are two discursive constructions that can be envisioned together. Further, by drawing on Ahmed’s queer phenomenology, queer Muslims, might queer and disturb the order of things not only within the Muslim community that they belong to but also can be depicted as a threat to the European values and ever-growing coalition of neoliberals, white, middle-class queer activists, conservatives, and homonationalists.
The first in a series of webinars on Contemporary Issues in Queer Research Transnationally. Jón Ingvar Kjaran, professor at the School of Education and queer research activist is the coordinator and facilitator of the series.