3 October 2012 - 5:30pm to 3 October 2012 - 8:00pm

Amphithéâtre Cœur des Sciences, UQAM, Montreal, Quebec

Departing from a personal narrative of the life experiences that sparked her engagement with the subjects of academic inquiry, Trudeau Fellow Haideh Moghissi reflects upon populist, postcolonial standpoints within and outside the Middle East. She argues that by rejecting such notions as universalism, secularism, and human rights, liberal intellectuals – including feminists  – and a good number of activists on the left have become caught up in an apologetic valuation of any political movement and activism that challenges the West’s economic and cultural hegemony, including radical Islamism. Even though their intention is to support the right to self-representation of peoples who have long been demonized by racist perceptions and Islamophobia, this wrong-headed advocacy has negative consequences for opposition groups, especially women, in the region and in the diaspora.

This lecture will take place at the Amphithéâtre au Cœur des sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, 200 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal. It is being organized in collaboration with the university’s Institute for Feminist Research and Studies (l’Institut de recherches et d'études féministes). The lecture will be delivered in English. Simultaneous translation will be available, and a reception will follow.

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Haideh Moghissi

After a prolific career in Iran as an archivist, Professor Moghissi became an internationally acclaimed analyst of women's issues in the Muslim world.

2011 Fellows