SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center 640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

"The Politics of Gender and Sexuality of Fundamentalist Muslims and the Politics of Knowledge Production of Feminist Groups in Contemporary Indonesia”

Farid Muttaqin, PhD Student and Fulbright Presidential Fellow Anthropology, SUNY-Binghamton

In this presentation, I intend to discuss how, on the one hand, the politics of gender and sexuality become an integral part of the fundamentalist Muslims’ Islamic political movements and, on the other hand, how the production and circulation of knowledge within feminist groups in the post-Soeharto Indonesia challenge the fundamentalists’ political Islamic agendas. During the post-Soeharto era, the fundamentalist Muslim groups are among the most apparent groups to enjoy the political freedom to articulate their political Islamic agendas and to express their political interests. The democratic transition appears to be a political arena for the fundamentalist Muslim groups in reawakening the Islamic idea of traditional morality that places non-normative gender and sexuality as a threat of the social and moral order. I will discuss two dominant academic agendas within recent Indonesian feminist groups: the feminist interpretation of the Quran and the gender sensitivity training program. I will explore how far the feminist groups deploy these academic agendas to challenge the fundamentalists’ gender and sexual politics. With this focus of discussion, I wish to share understanding about the dynamic political awareness among the feminist groups in dealing with religious fundamentalism in the recent period of Indonesia.

Subscribe
Event Type

Lecture

Departments

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Program

Tags

AWARE

Website

http://seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/

Contact E-Mail

seapgattylectures@gmail.com

Contact Name

SEAP Graduate Student Committee

Speaker

Farid Muttaqin

Speaker Affiliation

PhD Student and Fulbright Presidential Fellow Anthropology, SUNY-Binghamton

Open To

Public

Recent Activity

People Interested

Getting Here