The growing body of work in geographies of gender explore the ways in which mobility across socio-spatial boundaries shape the situated and relational constructions of gendered identities. Despite being shadowed by studies about femininity, sites and performances of manhood have recently begun to receive more attention by geographers. In this spirit, this talk attends to the ways in which youthful Muslim masculinities are reconfigured in migration contexts through changing articulations between religion, ethnicity, and gender. I explore young Muslim men’s experiences of racialization and diasporic negotiations of their masculinity by focusing on their everyday encounters with, and negotiation of, difference in Hong Kong and the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, Turkish-Dutch Muslim youth challenge their racialization in the context of the backlash against multiculturalism. In Hong Kong, South Asian Muslim youth experience an urban conviviality that co-exists with overt racism. In both contexts, Islamic understandings of masculinity are flexibly articulated to ethno-religious belonging at multiple scales.
About the Speaker
Dr. Murat Es is a cultural geographer currently working as a lecturer at the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong. His work highlights the co-construction of urban spaces and identities through cross-cultural encounters forged by national and transnational mobilities. He has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Netherlands and Turkey with ethno-religious minority groups. His current research explores religion, belonging, and urban development in Turkey and Hong Kong.
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