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Aziz, Adam

Contact Information

Email: adam.aziz@rutgers.edu 

Education

M.A. French Studies, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. French, B.A. Arabic, B.A. International Studies, University of Mississippi

Research Interests

French-Arab studies; Queer Muslims of color in Europe and North America; Islam, gender, and sexuality; Islam in France; Queer of color immigration and sexual politics; Colonization, memory, and historiography in France and North Africa; 20th and 21st century Arabophone and Francophone literature, art, music, and film; Transnational feminist, queer, and trans of color movements in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and France; Decolonizing queer studies; Decolonizing pedagogy in higher education.

Biographical Notes

Adam Aziz earned his M.A. in French Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Adam’s research focuses on French-Arab, North African, Arabic, and Islamic studies at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, religion, and immigration; queer Muslims of color; the literature, art, music, and film of North Africa (with a particular focus on Algeria); and feminist, queer, and trans of color coalitional movements in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and France.
Adam’s current project, “Pride and Prejudice(d): Black Lives Matter Organizing Against Queer Liberalism and Carceral Violence at Toronto Pride,” traces the intersections of racial justice, carceral politics, and a queer neoliberalism. He argues that the neoliberal rights framework of Pride—the be-who-you-are, love-who-you-love, it-gets-better mantra that exemplifies themes of self-love, unrestrained sexual freedom, and abstract liberalism—masks the ways in which broader issues of racial, gender, and carceral violences have been consigned to a distant and completed past, in a gesture that disconnects Pride and public queer activism from its origins as anti-carceral and anti-racist political work. By imagining individual freedom and the ‘coming out of the closet’ narrative as singular sites of queer liberation, Pride and queer public activism fail to imagine a queer/trans liberatory model that addresses the concerns of those most vulnerable to state violence, such as queer and trans of color, working-class, low-income, immigrant, and racialized populations. BLM Toronto’s tactics of dissent and queer of color public activism, then, aim to demonstrate how Pride’s mode of expressing celebratory affect demands a queer hypervisibility that erases the diametric ways in which visibility works against queer and trans of color populations who are consistently absented in public queer culture, yet are made hypervisible by being subjected to gendered, racialized, and sexualized forms of state violence.
For his dissertation project, Adam hopes to look at how Islamophobia, homophobia, racial profiling, and sexual policing intersect at the level of immigration policy, particularly at how immigration detention facilities and airport detention centers, by isolating and detaining selected racialized populations targeted as already potentially-terroristic, are tactical extensions of the carceral violence exerted by the expansionist U.S. empire in its 'War on Terror.’

Adam is also engaged in the organizing efforts of interethnic, intergenerational, and antiracist coalitional movements led by queer and trans people of color in the North American context, focusing on issues of queer racisms and xenophobia, and queer and trans of color community building and immigration justice.

Adam’s pedagogic experience encompasses the teaching of college-level French, as well as the online teaching of French 406/French 407, hybrid web-based French language courses. He is also involved in the development of media content on Français interactif, a website containing open-access French teaching material developed by the University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in formulating creative pedagogic strategies for the effective teaching of French in the classroom.

Fellowships/Grants/Awards

Julia Walther Award for Excellent Scholarship in French Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2016-2017
Summer Fieldwork Grant for Research on Human Rights and Economic Inequality, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, 2016-2017
Julia Walther Scholar in French Studies, University of Texas at Austin 2015-2016
National Portz Scholar for Outstanding Research, National Collegiate Honors Council, 2015
Honors Achievement Award for Excellence in the Arabic Language, University of Mississippi, 2014
Donald S. Pichitino Honors Scholar, Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, 2011

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