Studies in National and International Development


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The Triangulation of Homocolonialism and Pathways to Dialogue between Queer Muslims and their Allies

Date: Thursday February 1, 2018
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Momin Rahman, Sociology, Trent University, Peterborough

I begin with my characterisation of the contemporary politics of Islam versus sexual diversity as a triangulation of homocolonialism, illustrating how LGBT politics is caught up in the promotion of the civilizational superiority of western modernity, and thus opposition to SOGI becomes framed as resistance to western cultural colonialism.  The remainder of the talk is focused on how we challenge this political framing and I emphasize the power of an intersectional analytical framework in achieving this end.  

Also of interest, Thursday evening, Momin Rahman will be introducing the film ABU, directed by Arshad Khan (2017/Canada/80min) as part of the ReelOut Film Festival February 1 @ 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm

The film will be followed by audience Q&A with filmmaker Arshad Khan.

Already the winner of numerous awards in festivals around the world, Reelout is proud to screen Arshad Khan’s beautiful and intimate documentary to a Kingston audience. ABU is a journey to the centre of a fragmented family while they grapple with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration. Through a tapestry of narratives composed of family footage, observation and classic Bollywood films, gay-identifying Pakistani-Muslim filmmaker Arshad Khan takes viewers through the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism and modernity and familiarity.

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Momin Rahman

Momin Rahman is a Professor of Sociology at Trent University and a Fellow of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, both in Canada. His current research is on the conflicts between LGBT identities and Muslim cultures, including a funded research project on LGBT Muslims in Canada.  He has published over 20 chapters and articles and 3 books, Homosexualities, Muslim Cultures and Modernity, (2014, Palgrave Macmillan), Gender and Sexuality (2010, with Stevi Jackson, Polity) and Sexuality and Democracy (2000, Edinburgh University Press).