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conservatism o the white gay leadership, circulated to queer and eministorums in late 2005 and early 2006.
Our hope o nding allies and build-ing anti-racist sexual coalitions was largely disappointed. wo years later, while making our last revisions, the issue o sexual and multicultural rightsis at the brink o academic recognition. While we welcome any challengesto sexuality discourse in the ‘war on terror’, our epistemic communitiesneed to keep asking dicult questions in the spirit o this volume. How do the new theories reinscribe or challenge the single-issue politics at theroot o this problem, where sexual agency (and theory) remains white andcultural agency heterosexual? How do they contest or reinorce a constructo ‘Eastern culture’ as homophobic (and thereore open to ocial controland o re-colonisation by the ‘liberated West’)? Does their archive remain white, or do they acknowledge its theoretical and political predecessors inqueer Muslims and other queers o colour? As we shall demonstrate, aneective intervention into the ways in which sexual rights and migrantrights have become constructed as mutually contradictory requires a criti-cal historiography, which questions how white subjects came to claim theright to dene and theorise sexual liberation projects in the rst place.
and people with biographical backgrounds and links to Germany, Jin and Esra migrated toBritain in the search o a better place (Jin is still living here now). amsila has visited Germany and has ‘queer-extended’ amily links with people ‘originating’ there. Te two contexts are in-teresting in that they are oten presented as opposing paradigms o race relations, with diering histories o colonialism, genocide, and migration (Piper 1998). Britain has traditionally beenviewed as the more liberal regime, with its (now deunct)
(law o the soil) model o citi-zenship and its (now embattled) state multiculturalism. Tis contrasting view is contradictedby the ndings presented in this article, which point to the growing convergence and intertex-tuality o violent Orientalisms throughout Europe and the sel-identied ‘West’.
Te second birth place o this article, Esra’s and Jin’s
classrooms at Hamburg University and Humboldt University Berlin (January and February 2006), has been more ruit-ul. We would like thank our students, as well as Jennier Petzen, the organisers and partici-pants at the
Out o Place
panel at the Let Book Days in Berlin,Liz Fekete,
, and the ellow activists rom the
Conerence(Qekon) (Spring 2002), the
Berlin (Summer 2002), andthe
sex radical queer o colour list (Summer 2007), or various moments o collabora-tion, inspiration and encouragement.