Strategies of Virtual Empowerment: Muslim University Students on German Facebook
In the past five years, an active scene of young Muslim activists has formed in and around German universities. These activists are part of anti-racist or people of color-networks, in which visibility, activity, and communication on social networks plays a big role. Members include university students, political activists, journalists, artists (like rappers), poetry slammers and comic-strip artists, who understand themselves as part of Ummah (arab. Islamic community as a unity). This talk gives examples of the linguistic and visual strategies these activists use to analyze the role of religion and religiosity and to show how Muslim women express their emancipatory orientations /attitudes and empower each other. Two contemporary examples from Germany illustrate these strategies: debates about the headscarf and the "battle" between two feminist movements, Femen und MuslimaPride.
Thursday, January 14, 2016, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Lindsay Young Auditorium, UT Hodges Library
Reyhan Sahin is a post-doctoral fellow with the Gerda Henkel Stiftung at the University of Hamburg where she researches about religious self-representations and Islam-specific discourses of young Muslims in Germany within social networks. Sahin earned a master's degree in linguistics, German literature, and education in 2004, and a doctorate in linguistics in 2012 at the University of Bremen. Her areas of research also include feminist semiotics, pop-feminism, and hip-hop feminism.
Join us for light refreshments and conversation after the talk. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC