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Permanent Migrants: Muslim Europeans and the Racing of Religion

Fatima El-Tayeb - Associate Professor in Department of Literature Affiliated Faculty in Department of Ethnic Studies, Associate Director of Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 4:00pm
Communcations 226

This talk builds on larger project in which I trace continental European structures of racialization, which are interdependent with other Western understandings of race and national identity, but also diverge in important ways. The very particular configurations of race, religion, colonialism, sexuality, nation and “Europeanness” produce an externalization rather than subordination of racialized populations, which are permanently categorized as migrants, producing the notion of non-white/non-Christian Europeans as a contradiction in terms. I will briefly sketch my larger framework, then explore the role of class, gender and sexuality in the current racing of religion with regard to European Muslims and end by pointing to a tradition of radical cultural activism around issues of (sexual, ethnic, gender, and national) European identity that originated in exactly the communities of color that in current European discourses remain firmly on the outside.