Queer Feminist Perspectives On Political Homophobia And Anti-Feminism In The Middle East And Europe
International Digital Conference
In recent years, an overwhelming discourse of political and anti-feminism has gained salience globally. This has created the conditions for different far right groups to assert their right to determine what is legitimate in society, based on their hetero-patriarchal and conservative views. These homophobic and anti-feminist discourses have given rise to prejudice and potential violence and injustice against the perceived enemies of the far right.
This two-day digital conference, organized by the Humboldt University of Berlin’s Department of Diversity and Social Conflict in cooperation with Brown University and the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, 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.
Our conference has three objectives. First, to situate far-right and authoritarian actors in their respective socio-historical contexts and, second, building on existing research about gender and sexuality, to discuss how political homophobia and anti-feminism have developed as core ideological elements of the far right in a local and 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 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.
➽ Online Event