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Mayanthi Fernando and Maya Mikdashi


Regulating Sex/Religion: Secular Citizenship and the Politics of Diasporic Difference

[Protest in Washington DC. Image by Anosmia, courtesy of Creative Commons

Jadaliyya is partnering with a number of scholars to form a Humanities Studio that will study, produce, and disseminate critical scholarship on sex, religion, secularism, and citizenship. The studio, part of the University of California Humanities Research Institute’s initiative on Religions in Diaspora and Global Affairs, examines how sexuality and religion come together in the management of diasporic minorities in Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. Rather than take ...

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Mayanthi Fernando and Maya Mikdashi


Mayanthi L. Fernando is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is primarily interested in the intersection of religion, politics, sexuality, and secularity. Her first book, The Republic Unsettled: Islam, Secularism, and the Future of France will be out in 2014 with Duke University Press. She has recently begun a second project that examines the nexus of sex, religion, and secularism, and in particular the French state's regulation of Muslim women's sexual and religious intimacies. 


Maya Mikdashi is a socio cultural anthropologist whose work studies the intersections and impasses between secularism(s), sectarianism, religion and practices of gendered citizenship in contemporary Lebanon.  Maya is currently a Faculty Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies at the NYU Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies. She is Co-Director of the documentary film About Baghdad and Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.