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Le Moyne Hosts Talk on Feminist Responses to the Islamic Veil in Europe

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne will host a talk on “Feminist Responses to the Islamic Veil in Europe” on Friday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Reilley Room, located in Reilly Hall.

Brigit Rommeslpacher, professor of psychology at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany, will analyze current feminist responses to the debates about the Islamic veil in Europe. What accounts for the coalition between traditional feminists and political forces that aim to marginalize Islam in Europe?

To provide contrast, Farha Ternikar, associate professor of sociology at Le Moyne College, will report on her research of veiling practices of American Muslim women.

Rommelspacher works on the intersection of race theory, intercultural encounters and gender studies. She introduced the concept of “dominating culture” into German academic discourse to analyze how cultural norms produce racial and gendered marginalization. Recently she published Acknowledgement and Marginalization: Germany as a multicultural Society (Anerkennung und Ausgrenzung. Deutschland als multikulturelle Gesellschaft).

Ternikar is the director of the Center for Peace and Global Studies at Le Moyne. Her research focuses on gender and religion with a special interest in South Asian immigration. She teaches courses in race, class and gender, and women and society.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the gender and women’s studies program. For more information, email Ludger Viefhues-Bailey at viefhulh@lemoyne.edu or call (315) 445-4512.

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posted on: 10/6/2011