Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam -- talk by Evren Savci


Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Plimpton Room, Barker Center 133, 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

This talk is a part of the Mahindra Humanities Center BBQ+: Studying Black, Brown, and Queer seminar, which discusses key debates and new approaches at the intersection of critical race theory, postcolonial/decolonial and indigenous theory, and queer theory. BBQ+ interests are rooted in the mixed and hybrid identities of those living in late capitalism and in this age of post/colonialism. The seminar is focused on decentering the monolithic US-European experience, as well as in understanding how this experience influences dynamics around the world. Premised on the interconnectedness of minoritarian identities and experiences of subversion and resistance, the seminar will investigate how an integrated critical approach will allow for a deeper and more concrete investigation of contemporary and historical social and political realities.

photo of Evren SavciEvren Savcı is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. A scholar of transnational sexualities, Savci's work is informed by feminist and queer theory and ethnographic methodology. She is currently finishing her first book Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam (under contract with DUP), which analyzes sexual politics under contemporary Turkey’s AKP regime. Savcı’s work on the intersections of language, knowledge, sexual politics, neoliberalism and religion has appeared in Journal of Marriage and the Family, Ethnography, Sexualities, Political Power and Social Theory, Theory & Event, and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and in several edited collections. 

This seminar series is sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies, and the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.