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Third lecture in the ACMES lecture series "Race, racism and racialisation in the Middle East and Europe". Speaker: Dr. Sarah Bracke, University of Amsterdam.

Event details of Europe's 'Muslim Question': A Biopolitical Approach
Date 8 April 2021
Time 17:00 -18:30

How can we understand the systematic ways in which Muslims are problematised in Europe today? This lecture makes the case for approaching the predicament of Muslims in Europe today in terms of the ‘Muslim Question’ and for conceptualizing this question through the lens of biopolitics. Such an approach enables us to see how Muslims in Europe are produced as an ‘alien body’ and to trace concrete instances of this production processes. This is one way to render processes of racialization visible, and notably the entanglement of race and religion that characterizes Europe’s ‘Muslim Question’.  

Sarah Bracke is Professor of Sociology of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam. She is the PI of the research project entitled “EnGendering Europe’s Muslim Question” funded by the Dutch Research Council. She is the director of the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, and an executive editor of the Sage journal Ethnography.

This lecture will take place online via Zoom. If you want to attend, please register by sending an email to


ACMES Spring Lecture Series

The series Race, racism and racialisation in the Middle East and Europe is inspired by the global Black Lives Matter protest movement. The various lectures explore the complexities of race, racism and racialisation, their intersections with other inequalities, and emerging spaces of resistance and solidarity.

4 March 2021, 5 PM
Dr. Rachel Schine, University of Colorado
Race-making in Early Arabic Fiction

25 March 2021, 5 PM
Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University
Black-Palestinian Solidarity

8 April 2021, 5 PM
Dr. Sarah Bracke, University of Amsterdam
Europe’s ‘Muslim Question’: A Biopolitical Approach  

22 April 2021, 5 PM
Dr. Deniz Yonucu, Technische Universität Berlin
Policing and Resistance in the Racialized Urban Spaces of Istanbul

20 May 2021, 5 PM
Annual ACMES lecture
Prof. Amade M’charek, UvA
Beach Encounters and Forensic Evidence: Migrant Death, Colonial Currents and the Art of Paying Attention