National Sovereignty, Modern State Power and the Regulation of Gender and Sexuality

national Sovereignty, Modern State Power and the Regulation of Gender and Sexuality
Summary of Topic: To untangle the relationship between the top-down construction of ‘deviance’ and the anxieties of the modern postcolonial nation-state. Explore the political underpinnings of moral and sex panics, challenging culturalist explanations of the regulation of gender and sexuality in the Middle East.
Guiding Question: How have sexual and gender relations come to be linked to national sovereignty and the consolidation of state power?
Recommended Reading: 1. Pratt, N. (2007). The Queen Boat case in Egypt: Sexuality, national security and state sovereignty. Review of International Studies, 33, 129-144.
2. Zengin, A. (2016). Violent intimacies: Tactile state power, sex/gender transgression, and the politics of touch in contemporary Turkey. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 12(2), 225-245.
Desirable Reading 11. Amar, Paul. The Security Archipelago: Human-security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism. Durham, North Carolina, 2013. Print.
2. Seghaier, R. (2018). Policing women’s sexualities and getting credit for it: Sex work and the Tunisian state. Kohl, 4(1). Available at:
3. Mikdashi, M. (2014). Sex and sectarianism: The legal architecture of Lebanese citizenship. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 34(2), 279-293.
4. Zengin, A. (2019). The afterlife of gender: Sovereignty, intimacy and Muslim funerals of transgender people in Turkey. Cultural Anthropology, 34(1), 78-102
5. Awwad, J. (2010). The Postcolonial Predicament of Gay Rights in the Queen Boat Affair. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies: Cultural Studies of Rights: Critical Articulations, 7(3), 318-336.
6. Mourad, S. (2014). The Naked Body of Alia: Gender, Citizenship, and the Egyptian Body Politic. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 38(1), 62-78.
7. Long, S. (2004). The Trials of Culture: Sex and Security in Egypt. Middle East Report, (230), 12.
Quiz: Discuss why culture, tradition and religion are not adequate lenses for making sense of moral and sex panics in the Middiqule East (150 words minimum).

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