The German Studies Lecture Series will have its first talk of the year January 14, 1:00-2:30 in Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium. Reyhan Şahin will deliver a lecture titled “Strategies of Virtual Empowerment: Muslim University Students on Facebook.” A short description of the talk is below, and a poster for the event is attached.
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.