Queer in Translation

Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam

Queer in Translation

Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe

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Book Pages: 248 Illustrations: Published: January 2021

Author: Savci, Evren

Gender and Sexuality > Queer Theory, Middle East Studies, Sociology

In Queer in Translation, Evren Savcı analyzes the travel and translation of Western LGBT political terminology to Turkey in order to illuminate how sexual politics have unfolded under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AKP government. Under the AKP's neoliberal Islamic regime, Savcı shows, there has been a stark shift from a politics of multicultural inclusion to one of securitized authoritarianism. Drawing from ethnographic work with queer activist groups to understand how discourses of sexuality travel and are taken up in political discourse, Savcı traces the intersection of queerness, Islam, and neoliberal governance within new and complex regimes of morality. Savcı turns to translation as a queer methodology to think Islam and neoliberalism together and to evade the limiting binaries of traditional/modern, authentic/colonial, global/local, and East/West—thereby opening up ways of understanding the social movements and political discourse that coalesce around sexual liberation in ways that do justice to the complexities both of what circulates under the signifier Islam and of sexual political movements in Muslim-majority countries.


“In this much-anticipated book, Evren Savcı draws our attention to how queers in Turkey translate sexual identity in their constant negotiation with neoliberalism in their country. This will be one of the reference texts that we use to understand the links between neoliberalism, morality, and otherness.” — Roderick A. Ferguson, author of One-Dimensional Queer

Queer in Translation is one of the most intellectually exciting and timely studies I have ever read. Evren Savcı's innovative lenses, presented elegantly in this book, shed light on the complexities and innovations of dialogue and solidarity (as well as antagonism) between Islam-identified political projects and those of queer, gay, trans, and feminist assertions.” — Paul Amar, author of The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism


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Evren Savcı is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.

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1. Subjects of Rights and Subjects of Cruelty
2. Who Killed Ahmet Yildiz?
3. Trans Terror, Deep Citizenship, and the Politics of Hate
4. Critique and Commons under Neoliberalism
Conclusion: Queer Studies and the Question of Cultural Difference
Appendix: On Method and Methodology
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1136-1 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1031-9