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The Rise of Femonationalism

December 5, 2017 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The Rise of Femonationalism
Islamophobia and Feminism in a Neoliberal Age
Sara R. Farris

Sara R. Farris is an Associate Professor in Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work to date has focused on the orientalist underpinnings of sociological theory, which she explored in her first monograph on Max Weber’s sociology of religion, and on theories of gender, race and social reproduction, particularly as they apply to the analysis of migrant women in Western Europe. Through these theoretical lenses and interests, Sara has examined theories of racism and nationalism; the specific gendered forms of Orientalist/Westocentric representations of women in the Western public discourse; the mobilization of women’s rights by right-wing nationalist parties within xenophobic campaigns (which Sara calls “Femonationalism”); the multiple forms of exploitation and domination that characterize female migrant labor in the care and domestic sector in particular; the commodification of care and social reproduction and its links to processes of racialization; the dialogue between intersectionality theory and Marxist feminisms. Her latest book is titled In the Name of Women’s Rights. The Rise of Femonationalism (Duke University Press, 2017).