Event Date: 6 July 2013
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
Queer Muslim Women Today
This event will bring together academics, activists and communities to discuss a range of issues that impact on the lives of queer Muslim women today. Themes to be addressed include immigration and asylum; violence; education and employment; marriage and children; sexuality and Islam.
The event is co-organised by Dr Silvia Posocco (Psychosocial Studies, BBK), Dr Sarah Lamble (Law School, BBK), Mr Eddie Bruce-Jones (Law School, BBK) and Tamsila Tauqir, MBE (Director, Safra Project) in conjunction with the Decolonizing Sexualities Network project funded by the AHRC and co-run by Dr. Suhraiya Jivraj, Kent Law School, University of Kent. The event will foster and develop collaboration and exchange between participants working across complex intersections of gender, sexuality, race, religion and class. It will facilitate dissemination of much needed knowledge around the socio-economic marginalisations that so often go unnoticed both in policy work and academic scholarship, aiming to impact upon urgent contemporary issues.
Keynote Speakers – open session Chaired by Dr. Umut Erel
- Dr. Ghazala Anwar (Berkeley)- Women’s same-sex relationships in Islamic theology
- Sarah Colborne (Director of Palestinian Solidarity Campaign) – Pink Washing
- Asst. Prof. Anissa Helie (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York) – Global happenings, international networks and geopolitics
Dr Ghazala Anwar of Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, California. Dr Anwar’s research and teaching interests include Islamic jurisprudence and Sufism, as well as the exploration of issues of healing, gender and sexuality in Islam. She also participates frequently in national and international colloquia on interfaith dialogue and other current issues relating to Islam.
Asst. Prof. Anissa Helie of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. An expert on colonial history and decolonization processes; politics of Islam and gender; gender, women and sexualities in Muslim contexts; religious fundamentalisms, violent conflict and women. She is a board member of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights and of Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights. She also serves on WLUML’s Publications Committee, and on the Advisory Editorial Board of Reproductive Health Matters Journal.
Sarah Colborne– Director of Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC)
PSC works to build a mass movement and change government policy on Palestine, through focused and coordinated national and local activism; and is building alliances with faith groups, students, trade unions and other organisations in support of Palestinian rights. Sarah has also been centrally involved in campaigns against racism and for abortion and LGBT rights. She presented in a panel at the World Social Forum-Free Palestine in November 2012, organised by Queer Visions, on creative campaigning to expose Israel’s attempt to ‘pinkwash’ its occupation.
Sarah Colborne (Director of Palestinian Solidarity Campaign) – Pink Washing
Asst. Prof. Anissa Helie (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York) – Global happenings, international networks and geopolitics