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During the international conference entitled Sexual Nationalisms. Gender, Sexuality and the Politics of Belonging in the New Europe, more than eighty academics will come together to examine and discuss the relationship between sexuality and nationalism in the ‘new Europe’. The conference will take place on 27 and 28 January at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and 9/11 in particular, a new type of nationalism has emerged in Europe. Nationalists and opponents of multiculturalism are embracing the demands and the vocabulary of feminists, and gay and lesbian activists. Western Europe is presented as a beacon of modernity and freedom, which must protect itself from conservative, traditional and intolerant migrants. During the international conference entitled Sexual Nationalisms. Gender, Sexuality and the Politics of Belonging in the New Europe, more than eighty academics will come together to examine and discuss the relationship between sexuality and nationalism in the ‘new Europe’. The conference will take place on 27 and 28 January at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Within this new nationalism, homophobia and gender inequality are often attributed to migrants and in particular to Muslims. This brings the status and rights of migrants as European citizens into question. How should this development be interpreted? Why are issues such as gay rights and women's liberation playing such an important role in the debate on citizenship in Europe? And what is left of the virile and heterosexual nationalism that the historian George Mosse describes in his famous book Nationalism and Sexuality (1985)? These and other questions will be covered during the two-day conference.

Participants include among others: Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley), George Chauncey (Yale University), Lisa Duggan (New York University), Jan Willem Duyvendak (AISSR, UvA), Éric Fassin (École Normale Supérieure), Joan Scott (Princeton University)) and Judith Surkis (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton).

Organisation

The conference is being organised by the Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) of the UvA’s Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), and the Institut de Recherche sur les Enjeux Sociaux Interdisciplinary L'École des Hautes Études and sciences sociales (Paris), with support from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and Maison Descartes.

Date, location and participation

The conference will take place on Thursday 27 and Friday, 28 January 2011. Location: UvA, Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, 1012 CN Amsterdam. The official language is English. Admission is free, registration is not required.

Further information

See link below for further information and the full conference programme.

For further information, please contact Laurens Buijs, tel: +31 6 26028288 or email: l.j.buijs@uva.nl, or Paul Mepschen, tel: +31 6 2415 0161 of e-mail: mepschen@uva.nl.

Note to editors

For further information, please contact Laurens Buijs, tel: +31 6 26028288 or email: l.j.buijs@uva.nl, or Paul Mepschen, tel: +31 6 2415 0161 of e-mail: mepschen@uva.nl.