06/03/2012 | Writer: Kaos GL

Samar Habib who is an activist and academician known for her studies on sexual minorities will be in Turkey to participate in International Feminist Forum.

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Samar Habib who is an activist and academician known for her studies on sexual minorities will be in Turkey to participate in International Feminist Forum. 

Samar Habib will discuss the rise of LGBT grass roots movements across the Arabic-speaking world, identifying challenges faced in different national contexts and the ramifications of the Arab Spring on the issue of LGBT rights. She will also make another speech in Istanbul, after Ankara.
 
Dr. Samar Habib’s presentation entitled “LGBT struggles in Arabic-speaking world” will be at 1:15 pm on the first day of International Feminist Forum which is coordinated by Kaos GL.
 
“LGBT struggles in Arabian Region”
 
Samar Habib will discuss the rise of LGBT grass roots movements across the Arabic-speaking world, identifying challenges faced in different national contexts and the ramifications of the Arab Spring on the issue of LGBT rights.
 
Samar Habib will come to Turkey by cooperation of Kaos GL & Feminist Approaches.  Here are some highlights from the speech Samar Habib will give in Ankara and Istanbul:
 
“In the last decade the Arab world has seen unprecedented grass roots organizing in relation to LGBTIQ needs and rights. This organizing has taken multiple forms, from official, government registered groups where it is possible to do so, on to more clandestine ways to address the needs of LGBTIQ individuals, there is a veritable Arab spring in relation to mobilisation for a better, more inclusive world. Nevertheless, the situation is far from ideal, with the path of these activists and community groups being beset by all sorts of obstacles, the resurgence of Islamist sentiment, for one thing, has meant both greater visibility for the LGBTIQ issues and renewed persecution in contexts where persecution had been absent for some time. In this talk, I will discuss my observations regarding the Arab world and the different challenges being faced by LGBTIQ rights activists in different national contexts.”
 
In Ankara on March 10th
 
The session which will be moderated by Assoc. Prof. Betül Yarar who is from Gazi University Faculty of Communication and Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Women’s Studies Department will be in Cebeci Campus at Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Art House on Saturday, March 10th. Simultaneous translation will be available in the presentation and it is open for everyone.
 
In Istanbul on March 13th
 
Samar Habib will continue to Istanbul after her speech in International Feminist forum in Ankara.
 
Samar Habib who is an activist and academician known for her studies on sexual minorities in Middle East and Northern Africa will be hosted in Istanbul for March 8th International Women’s Day by Feminist Approaches in Culture and Politics and Bogazici University Women Studies Society. Her Istanbul presentation entitled “Arab World and LGBTiQ Activism” will be held on Tuesday March 13th at 5:30pm at Bogazici University Ibrahim Bodur auditorium.
 
Who is Samar Habib?
 
Samar Habib lectures in the School of Humanities and Languages. She is also the chief editor of the international academic periodical Nebula. She is known for her studies on sexual minorities in Middle East and Northern Africa. She has two books entitled “Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: Histories and Representations” and “Islamic Texts on Female Homosexuality 850-1700 AD”.
 
“An interview with Samar Habib on Being Queer in Arab World” was published on October 2011 in 15th issue of Approaches journal which can be accessed from www.feministyaklasimlar.org 
 
Translation: Sercan Kıyak
 
Related Links: 
“An interview with Samar Habib on Being Queer in Arab World” http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=10161
 
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