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Female Migrants in Belgium and Campaigns of Solidarity with Muslim Women

Monday, 19 June, 2017 - 12:00 to Monday, 19 June, 2017 - 14:00
Universiteit Gent
Rozier 44 , CRCG meeting room
Lunch Seminar

Social activists and feminists in the West have shown their solidarity with Muslim women in different ways. This research is based on life stories of Iranian female migrants currently residing in Belgium, and explores their perceptions of Western campaigns of solidarity with Muslim women. The lecture will address how women’s understanding of the two contexts’ differences is not based on binary East-West categorization but a far more complex differentiation of cultural, moral and political possibilities and limitations. The research depicts an exploratory image of the life of the respondents in contemporary Europe and the relations between their intersectional identifications and their perceptions of their body and bodily practices.

Ladan Rahbari is a social anthropologist; she has a PhD in Sociology, and a Master’s degree in Anthropology. She is now conducting a joint doctorate research project in Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This research project ‘A Critical Analysis of Cross-Cultural Discourses and Moral Understandings of Gender, Sexuality and Embodiment’ (2015-2019) is funded by Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). Rahbari has teaching experience in BA and MA programs of anthropology, art studies and social sciences in several universities. Her research interests include gender politics, sexuality, space, body and harmful cultural practices with a general focus on Middle East, and in the frameworks of radical and postcolonial feminist theories. She is currently affiliated with the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender (CRCG) and Centre of Expertise on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (RHEA).