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Dr Noor al-Qasimi

Honorary Research Fellow

Over the course of the last few years my work has encompassed developments of the biosocial in the GCC, specifically the technologies of life and reproduction, the discourses of lethality and the management of ‘death worlds’. My current research, which focuses on the UAE, situates bio- and necro-politics therein with reference to the post-oil generation and the extent to which subjective credit-debt formations are realized within the context of the pan-Gulfian neoliberal bloc. I draw on a number of multi-disciplinary theoretical sites, namely intersections between cyberspace and the body, mental and physical health paradigms, theorizations of incarcerating and clinical spaces, the emergence of bodily assemblages and territorializing processes of political and economic resistance.

Teaching and supervision

I have held a teaching fellowship in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. The role included designing and teaching a module in Cultural Studies, examining a combination of cultural theory, critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, and media and communication studies. I have also lectured on and contributed to teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses in gender, sexuality, Middle Eastern cultural studies, media studies and post-colonialism at the IAIS, University of Exeter.

Publications

“Queerer than Queer: Anti-Ancestry, Disavowal and the Emirati Post-Oil Generation.’’ GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (forthcoming). Duke University Press.

“The Female Rehabilitation Home in Sharjah: Notes from the Field.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 13, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 68-72. Duke University Press.

Guest editor with Adi Kuntsman, “Queering Middle Eastern Cyberspaces.” Special issue, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 8, no. 3 (Fall 2012). Indiana University Press.

"Introduction", with Adi Kuntsman, in “Queering Middle Eastern Cyberspaces,” edited by Noor Al-Qasimi and Adi Kuntsman. Special issue, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 8, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 1-13. Indiana University Press.

“The ‘Boyah’ and the ‘Baby Lady’: Queer Mediations in Fatima Al Qadiri and Khalid Al Gharaballi’s Wawa Series (2011),” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 8, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 139-42. Indiana University Press.

“Shampoo: Editing, Advertising, and Codes of Modesty in Saudi Arabian Television.” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Media, and Cultural Studies 26, no. 2 (2011): 91–121. Duke University Press.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls: Uploading Transnational Queer Subjectivities.” In Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures, edited by Radha Hegde, 284-302. New York: New York University Press, 2010.

“Immodest Modesty: Accommodating Dissent and the ‘Abayah-as-Fashion in the Arab Gulf States.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 6, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 46–74. Indiana University Press.

Publications currently under preparation

darkmatter: in the ruins of imperial culture, guest editor, (forthcoming 2019).

“The Brokerage of Lineage and Survival in the UAE,” (forthcoming)

"‘On the Record’: Ecologies of Violence, Transmissions of Shame and the Ghantout Trial in the UAE,” (forthcoming)

“Happy Debt: Post-Oil Technologies and the Ascendancy of the Emirati Indebted Subject,” (forthcoming)

“Countering Dissidence: Post-Oil Technologies and the Rise of the Entrepreneur in the UAE,” with Marc Valeri (forthcoming)

Selected presentations and invited lectures

Invited Lecture, “The Brokerage of Slow Death: Biopolitical Futurities and the Psycho-production of Procreative Citizens in the UAE.” Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, December 13, 2016.

Invited Lecture, “The Female Rehabilitation Home in Sharjah: Notes from the Field.” University of Tokyo, Japan, November 21, 2016.

Invited Lecture, “‘On the Record’: Ecologies of Violence, Transmissions of Shame and the Ghantout Trial in the UAE.” Cybersecurity Ethics Conference, University of Hull, UK, October 20-21, 2016.

Invited Lecture, “‘On the Record’: Ecologies of Violence, Transmissions of Shame and the Ghantout Trial in the UAE.” Gendering (In)Security: The Exclusionary Effects of Neo-Liberalism Workshop, University of Hull, UK, July 1-2, 2016.

Invited Lecture, “The Brokerage of Slow Death: Biopolitical Futurities and the Psycho-production of Procreative Citizens in the UAE.” Yale Council on Middle East Studies (CMES), Yale Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) and the James C. Mandelbaum and Steven M. Byrnes Fund for LGBT Studies, Yale University, USA, November 11, 2015.

“On the Technopolitics of Exposure: Socio-Judicial Cyber-Transmissions and the Ethics of Responsibility.” Paper presented at Ecologies of Violence and Genealogies of Terror: Assembling the Biosocial and its Histories in the GCC Symposium, IAIS, University of Exeter, UK, May 18, 2015.

“Post-Oil Technologies, Queer Futurities and The Emirati Indebted Subject.” Paper presented at JMEWS 2014 Research Workshop Transnational Feminisms and the New Middle East Insurrections, Yale University, USA, April 3, 2014.

“Futurity, Heteropatriarchy and Queer Difference in the UAE.” Paper presented at the Modern Language Association, Division on Arabic Literature and Culture, Los Angeles, USA, January 6-9, 2011.

Invited Lecture, “Accommodating Gendered Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates.” Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, November 28, 2010.

Invited Lecture, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls: Uploading Transnational Queer Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates.” Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures, Manchester Feminist Theory Network, University of Manchester, UK, November 8, 2010.

Invited Lecture, “Tough Love: Anticipatory Governance, Queer Difference, and the Post-Oil Generation.” LGBTQ Colloquium Series, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, USA, September 7, 2010.

 “The Ghantout Case: Cyber Transmission of Queer Imaginings.” Paper presented at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Barcelona, Spain, July 19-24, 2010.

“The Question of Queer Citizenship: Non-Reproductive Sexuality of the Emirati Post-Oil Generation.” Paper presented at Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging Conference, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London, UK, June 30–July 2, 2010.

“Queer Imaginings and the Anxiety of Extinction.” Paper presented at Complicating the Debates about the Sexualisation of Culture Seminar Series, Centre for Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Kings’ College, University of London, UK, May 21, 2010.

Invited Lecture, “The Ghantout Case: Cyber Transmission of Queer Imaginings.” Seminar Series, Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, May 6, 2010.

Invited Lecture, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls: Uploading Transnational Queer Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates.” Centre for Gender Studies and LGBT Society, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK, January 13, 2010.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls: Uploading Transnational Queer Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates.” Paper presented at the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, November 21-24, 2009.

“A Case for the Boyahs: Female Masculinity and the Emirati Nationalist Paradigm.” Paper presented at Man Enough, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Colloquium on Masculinity, New York University, New York, USA, April 5, 2009.

Invited Lecture, “Boyahs and Girls: The Formation of Pan-Gulfian Queer Communities.” Transnational Sexualities Series, Program in the Study of Sexualities, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, January 27, 2009.

Invited Lecture, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boyahs and Girls: Uploading Transnational Queer Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates.” Sexuality Studies Program, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, January 26, 2009.

“Education and the ‘Global University’ in the United Arab Emirates.” Roundtable Discussion at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University, New York, USA, December 1, 2008.

“Marketing Muslim Women: The Material and the Spiritual in Religious Consumption.” Roundtable Discussion at the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, D.C., USA, November 23, 2008.

Invited Lecture, “A Case for the Boyahs: Transforming Gender, Performing Nation in the United Arab Emirates.” Department of Religious and Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University, New York USA, November 18, 2008.

“She Is What She Wears: Costume Superfluity, Femininity, and the Articulation of Gender in The Day I Became a Woman (2000).” Paper presented at the Women and Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA, October 24-25, 2008.

“Gendering National Identity and Public Policy in the United Arab Emirates.” Paper presented at the Gulf Studies Conference, University of Exeter, London, UK, July 1-4, 2008.

“Accommodating Gendered Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates.” Paper presented at Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Citizenship: Whose Citizens? Whose Rights? International Conference, Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, June 30–July 1, 2008.

“A Case for the Boyahs: Accommodating Gendered Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates, Embodiment and Identity.” Paper presented at the SWIPUK conference hosted by the Centre for Research into Embodied Subjectivity, Philosophy and the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Hull, Hull, UK, May 22–23, 2008.

“The Codes of Modesty: Reconfiguring the Muslim Female Subject.” Panel Discussion, Women, Islam, and the Politics of Transformation at The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York University, New York, USA, April 28, 2008.

“Shampoo: Editing, Advertising and Codes of Modesty in Saudi Arabian Television.” Paper presented at Marketing Muslim Women, International Conference, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, April 11–12, 2008.

Invited Lecture, “Shampoo, Editing, Advertising, and Codes of Modesty in Saudi Arabian Television.” Department of Philosophy, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA, March 11, 2008.

“Accommodating Gendered Subjectivities in the United Arab Emirates.” Paper presented at Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship, Inter-Disciplinary Net, Salzburg, Austria, November 16–18, 2007.

 

Research interests

My current research, entitled Post-oil Technologies, Queer Futurities and the Emirati Indebted Subject, engages with the intersection between subjective formations of bodily capacities, debt, neoliberal governance and post-oil technologies in the UAE. My work addresses the bio- and necro-political management by the state with reference to post-oil economies. It maps the extent to which bodily capacities and assemblages are included/excluded, abjected and/or re-inscribed into the fold of the nation-state.  It encompasses the following thematic categories:

  • Intersectional analyses between Sexuality, Cybtertechnology, Biomedia, Post-Oil Technologies and Neoliberalism
  • Biopolitics, Necropolitics and Post-Oil Regeneration
  • Theories of Debt and Subjectivity
  • Theories of (bodily) Assemblage and Affect
  • Contagion, Sterility, Extinction, Blood Purity, Indigeneity, Queer Bodies, Diseased Bodies, HIV/AIDS,  Substance Abuse, Reproductive Heteronormativity, Masculinised Femininity, Biomedia, Biotechnology, Debility and/or Capacity
  • Techno Science, Cyber Transmission, Cyberscapes, ‘The event’, Viral Transmissions
  • Futurity, Threat, Oil Depletion, Security, Capitalist Accumulation, pan-Gulfian Neoliberalism, Post-oil Economies, Credit-debt Paradigms, Rentier Systems, Privilege/Precarity
  • Reterritorialisation, Counter-Revolution, Anti-Democratic Populism, Negativity, Disavowal, Non-Sovereignty

 Current research projects, collaborations and positions

  • Post-oil Technologies, Queer Futurities and the Emirati Indebted Subject. To lead into a manuscript currently entitled, “Anticipatory Governance, Queer Difference and the Ascendancy of the Emirati Indebted Subject”
  • Ecologies of Violence and Genealogies of Terror: Assembling the Biosocial and its Histories in the GCC: Research Collaboration with William Gallois (IAIS)
  • Biomedia, Contagion and the Clinical in the Arab Peninsula: Research Collaboration with Claire Beaudevin (CNRS-Cermes3 Paris/Villejuif)
  • Editorial board, JMEWS (Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies)
  • Transgressing the Gulf: Dissidence, Resistance and Potentiality in the GCC states: A recent collaborative symposium organized with William Gallois (Exeter) at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.

Biography

My academic trajectory has taken me from a background in English and related literatures, to Performance and Cultural Studies and towards an ongoing commitment to multi and inter-disciplinary research in cultural and social analysis. I completed my PhD at the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick, UK in 2007. My thesis, entitled ‘The Codes of Modesty: Reconfiguring the Muslim Female Subject’, focused on Islamic codes of female modesty in Iranian Cinema and Saudi television, as well as fashion and commodities in the UAE.  This research, which used modesty as an heuristic device to probe an array of female representations from Iranian cinema to lab-coats in Saudi hospitals and shampoo advertising on Saudi TV, encouraged me to seek further multi-disciplinary and queer theory-inspired interventions on the academic work in the Gulf region. During my research fellowship at The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University, USA, my examination of masculinised femininity and the Boyah phenomenon in the UAE led me to coin the concept of the ‘post-oil generation’ which has informed my ongoing research. During my time at NYU, my work on notions of Deluezean assemblages led me to draw connections between cyber-technologies, queer theory and the GCC. Moreover I further extended my use of ‘queer’ to outside identitarian and embodiment claims in order to refine a post-colonial queer intervention. My current research builds on this by considering the intersections between post-oil economies, bodily assemblages and subjective and financial credit-debt relations. I also use theories of assemblage and affect to examine the relationship between privilege, precarity and the post-oil generation within the context of pan-Gulfian neoliberalism.

I have a commitment to develop educational and intellectual platforms that engender an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary Gulf. I welcome students with dissertations and theses relating to my research interests highlighted above. I also welcome projects relating to my past research interests; these areas include gender and sexuality, post-colonialisms, modernity/post-modernity, cyber-technology and popular culture, cinema and media studies.