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19.11.: Matt Sheedy: "Are Ex-Muslims Atheists? Rethinking Secular Identities in the Age of the Alt-Right"

Im Rahmen der Vorlesungsreihe CURRENT ISSUES in North American Studies and Cultural Studies

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    Wann 19.11.2019
    von 18:00 bis 20:00
    Wo Regina-Pacis-Weg 5, Raum A
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    The question "are Ex-Muslims atheists?" calls attention to numerous issues involving identity, politics, and culture. What, for example, do Ex-Muslims reject in taking up this label? What cultural or political groups have Ex-Muslims aligned themselves with in their quest to gain support and public recognition, and how do they relate to popular atheist movements in North America? In his lecture, Dr. Matt Sheedy explores some of the ways in which groups like Ex-Muslims of North America have aligned themselves with popular atheist culture in the post-9/11 period, and how some, like Ex-Muslim podcaster Eiynah Mohammed-Smith, have begun to reject these identities in the era of alt-right populism and Donald Trump.

    Matt Sheedy (Ph.D. Manitoba) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Canadian Studies. His research focuses on theories of secularism and religion, as well as representations of Christianity, atheism, Islam, and Indigenous traditions in North American popular and political culture. He is the editor of Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam (Equinox, 2018).

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