13.05.2019 Gender Lecture with Sara Farris THIS THURSDAY - 16th of May

Sara R. Farris: "Islamophobia and Femonationalism in the Name of Women's Rights"

Sara R. Farris is a senior lecturer in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include the orientalist underpinnings of sociological theory, reproductive labor, and the co-optation of feminism in racist and nationalist discourses. She is the author of Max Weber’s Theory of Personality: Individuation, Politics and Orientalism in the Sociology of Religion (Brill 2013) and In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism (Duke 2017).

In this year’s Gender Lecture, Sara Farris will discuss some of the themes laid out in In the Name of Women's Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism (Duke, 2017). In particular, she will explore the ways in which feminist ideas are often exploited by anti-Islam and xenophobic campaigns. She coins the term ‘femonationalism’ to describe the practices and claims that, by characterising Muslim men as oppressors and by emphasising the need to rescue Muslim women, these anti-Islam groups use gender equality to justify their prejudice.

This years Gender Lecture will be held in Hörsaal +02/0010 (Audimax), Biegenstraße 14, 35032 Marburg from 6 to 8 pm.