This book explores representations of queer migrant Muslims in international literature and film from the 1980s to the present. It brings together a variety of contemporary writers and filmmakers of Muslim heritage engaged in vindicating same-sex desire from several Western locations. The book approaches queer Muslims as figures forced to negotiate their identities according to the expectations of the West and of their migrant Muslim communities. It coins the concept of queer micropolitical disorientation via the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Sara Ahmed and Gayatri Gopinath. The author argues that depictions of queer Muslims in the West disorganise the social categories that make up contemporary Western societies. The study covers three main themes: queer desire across racial and national borders; Islamic femininities and masculinities; and the queer Muslim self in time and place. These thematic clusters examine the nuances of artistic depictions of queer Muslims’ mundane challenges to Western Islamophobia and Islamicate heteronormativity. Written in a scholarly but accessible style, this is a timely contribution to the controversial topic of Islam and homosexuality, forging understanding about the dissident position of Muslims who contravene heteronormative values and their equivocal political position in the West.
Alberto Fernández Carbajal
By exploring how laughter is represented in Kipling‘s ghost stories this article attempts a re-evaluation of how colonial and postcolonial identities can be theorised within the Gothic. Laughter, and the disorientation that it provokes, is accorded a Gothic function that destabilises images of colonial authority.
. The real shock has been to the human rights movement, wedded for too long to a deterministic view that its triumph was inevitable. The panic, but more importantly the disorientation, one encounters these days in the publications of groups like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International is an emblem of this. 4 This does not mean that coping with these changes will be easy or morally clear-cut for humanitarians. It is hardly surprising that when its medical facilities and hospitals in Syria were targeted and in
Leverage and deconstruction
This book explores key critical debates in the humanities in recent times in the context of the legitimation crisis widely felt to be facing academic institutions, using Derrida's idea of leverage in the university. In particular, it concerns an account for the malaise in the university by linking critical developments, discourses and debates in the modern humanities to a problem of the institution itself. The book finds within these discourses and debates the very dimensions of the institution's predicament: economic, political, ideological, but also, inseparably, intellectual. It looks at some of the recurring themes arising in the early key texts of new historicism and cultural materialism. The book also argues that these approaches in a number of ways orient their critical strategies according to certain kinds of logics and structures of reflection. It instances disorientation and leverage in the university by exploring the problematic doubleness of economics as indeterminately both inside and outside contemporary cultural theory. The book also argues that the interdisciplinary approach of cultural analysis has a certain amount of difficulty positioning economics as either simply an outside or an inside. The orientation and leverage within the university apparently offered by the development of cultural studies and by certain forms of interdisciplinarity comes at the cost of an irresolvable disorientation between the object and the activity of criticism.
The art of memory
CONCLUSION The art of memory So far, so near an apparent end, things may still seem a little inconclusive. Where were we? (At one and the same time, in a disorienting way, this means: where are we now? but also: where have we been?) Let’s try to remember. In the vicinity of a number of different issues and contexts ranging across the past, present and future of the modern academic institution, I have suggested an intractable problem of disorientation in the university that nevertheless provides the conditions for certain kinds of leverage to occur. At times
Queering Islam and micropolitical disorientation
Alberto Fernández Carbajal
rather as agents of micropolitical disorientation in societies where different forms of macropolitical segmentalisation constantly intersect. As will become apparent in dialogue with Sara Ahmed, it is often too easy to romanticise queer diasporic subjects as inhabiting alternative semiotic spaces, when in fact their routine lines of flight from normativity, which I formulate via Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, reveal their mundane micropolitical disorientation of normative social categories. As such, I present queer diasporic Muslims neither as exceptional figures
Ruth Holliday, Meredith Jones and David Bell
and ways of seeing the world that shape the medical tourism encounter. In the case of the cosmetic surgery tourists we met, we show how the reality of their experiences challenges this view and reveals the disorientations that characterise many of the encounters detailed in our study. Shifting geographies of international medical travel While traditionally, ‘the flow of health services exports went from North to South, with patients travelling in the opposite direction’ (Lautier 2014: 105), today the term ‘medical tourism’ has come to denote ‘the care pursuits by
Economy, exchange and cultural theory
CHAPTER 5 Bringing criticism to account: economy, exchange and cultural theory In this chapter I want to instance disorientation and leverage in the university by exploring the problematic doubleness of economics as indeterminately both inside and outside contemporary cultural theory. Here, I shall argue that the interdisciplinary approach of cultural analysis has a certain amount of difficulty positioning economics as either simply an outside – an object of critical study or a prior discipline – or an inside – in the form of the very structure of a system of
Queer phenomenology, and cultural and religious commodifi cation in Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) and The Buddha of Suburbia (1990)
Alberto Fernández Carbajal
. 51). I concur with the idea that Kureishi’s craft transcends the pedagogic role of the minority artist, as it refuses to create any images of British Muslims – or of white Britishers – that are solely vilifying or victimising. As Jago Morrison suggests, Kureishi’s texts ‘are far too playful, irreverent and counter-cultural to fit into any orthodox political agenda’ ( 2003 , p. 179). Instead, Kureishi concentrates more keenly on disorientating his audience by challenging essentialist identitarian constructions of race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Kureishi
considers the hallucinating characters, monstrous metamorphoses and disorientating play with perspective and scale that all point to the importance of the grotesque within Will Self ’s fiction. His short stories and novels bear the traces of Swiftian satire and Rabelaisian scatology in their vividly imagined fictional worlds and the transfigurations of Cock & Bull (1993, first published 1992), intensely violent My Idea of Fun (1994b, first published 1993) and Swiftian Great Apes (1998, first published 1997) are part of a literary project that has seen Self become a media