Secular Governmentality, Islamophobia and the Charter of Quebec Values
Mar 27, 2014, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Roshan Jahangeer, Department of Political Science, York University, with discussant Hülya Arýk
Jahangeer will explore links between the PQ’s turn to French republicanism over the past decade and laws in France that have heavily influenced the development of the Charter in Québec. In particular, Jahangeer will discuss the genealogy of binaries central to the rise of the Charter logic: “religion/laïcité”, “religious signs/symbols”, “visible/discreet” and “conspicuous/ostentatious”. How do we account for the civilizational rapprochement with French Republicanism that we are witnessing in Quebec? What factors account for who becomes a "subject" and conversely, an "object" of government intervention?
These questions and the theoretical tools with which to understand them will be explored, including through Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality. It will be proposed that current articulations of the Charter of Quebec Values reflect a logic of secular governmentality, which mobilizes gender, race and religion as central categories of difference. It will be argued that secular governmentality is upheld by renewed forms of islamophobia that use the bodies of veiled Muslim women to mark out the borders between a civilized, secular "us" and an uncivilized, religious "them". The theoretical implications of these arguments will be discussed as they relate to the veiling debates that continue to take place across the Atlantic.
|Location:||280N York Lanes|
|Sponsor:||Presented by the South Asia Research Group and sponsored by the York Centre for Asian Research.|
|Posted by:||Nayani Thiyagarajah|