Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Conference: Sexual Nationalisms: Gender, Sexuality, and the Politics of Belonging in the New Europe

27Jan2011 28Jan2011 08:00

Conference

We are very excited to announce the Sexual Nationalisms conference, which will take place January 27 & 28 at the UvA and will host over 80 scholars from the Netherlands and abroad!

For more information please follow the link to the conference website.

Topic

In the past decade of European history, the rise of new nationalisms has been inextricably linked to a refashioning of the politics, identities and imaginaries of gender and sexuality. The old virile nationalism analyzed by George Mosse is now being reinvented in the light of a new brand of sexual politics. Feminist demands and claims of (homo)sexual liberation have moved from the counter-cultural margins to the heart of many European countries' national imaginations. The languages of women's and lesbian/gay rights have played pivotal roles in discourses and policies redefining modernity in sexual terms, and sexual modernity in national terms. ‘Europe' itself is being re-imagined in terms of sexual democracy and gender equality. How are these shifts in the cultural and social location of gender and sexuality to be understood?

In Europe and beyond, the refashioning of citizenship has contributed to the redefinition of secular liberalism as cultural whiteness. Homophobia and conservatism, gender segregation and sexual violence have been represented as alien to modern European culture and transposed upon the bodies, cultures and religions of migrants, especially Muslims and their descendants. In the process, the status of Europe's ethnic minorities as citizens has come under question. How can the entanglement of sexual and gender politics, anti-immigration policies, and the current reinvention of national belonging be analyzed? How are we to understand the appropriation of elements of the feminist and sexual liberation agenda by the Islamophobic right? And how can progressive sexual politics avoid the trap of exclusionary instrumentalization without renouncing its emancipatory promise?

Sexual Nationalisms brings together over 80 scholars working in and on Europe and beyond to discuss these issues.

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