Lecture : Imperiled South Asian Muslim Girlhood and the Multicultural Imagination: Memorializing the Victims of ‘Honour Killings’ in Canada
By Dr. Eve Haque
UH Manoa / Burns Hall 2118
Abstract: With Islamaphobia on the rise and violence against Muslim women most frequently invoked as a rationale for Islamaphobia, this presentation will contribute to the discussion that examines the connection between gendered Orientalism and white settler nationalism,
specifically in Canada (Zine, 2006; Razack, 2007; Jiwani, 2010). This presentation will examine the memorialization in Pelham – a small town in rural Southern Ontario – of an ‘honour killing’ which took place in Mississauga, Ontario back in 2007. On September 18th, 2009 at the town square in front of Pelham town hall, a granite memorial bench donated by local business Kirkpatrick Monuments was dedicated to Aqsa Parvez, a 16 year old Canadian Mississauga high school student murdered by her father and older brother on December 10, 2007. This presentation will examine the specific events and rationales that led to the town’s decision to create and dedicate a memorial to Aqsa Parvez, even though there had never been any personal connection between Aqsa, her family and the town of Pelham, Ontario. This presentation will examine how discourses of multicultural tolerance – and the stated limit thereof – are a central strategy in the articulation of forms of exclusion such as Islamaphobia and concrete assertions of white settler national identity and solidarity, with the pernicious outcome of preventing effective anti-violence programming for such incidents of racialized gendered violence.
Note: This talk is hosted by the International Cultural Studies Program and held in conjuction with the Center for South Asian Studies' Annual Symposium (from April 19-21, 2017) with funding from the Rama Watumull Collaborative Lecture Series Fund of the Center for
South Asian Studies (CSAS).