Sunday, December 27, 2009
Not a Spoof - Meet Adi Kuntsman!
If this were my attempt at a spoof, I would agree with you that it is in really poor taste. After all, it is insensitive to invent an Israeli sociologist devoting his or her life to "Queer Studies," claiming he is organizing a special academic journal volume on "Queering the Middle East," promoting transvestism and cross-dressing, and then making up for him or her an insulting mock name to top it off.
Only one problem. Even I could not invent such a critter. He or she really exists. In fact, he/she is one of the leaders and founders of the communist-front pro-Israel group "Machsom Watch."
I keep saying he-or-she because, frankly, I do not know which he-or-she is. I must explain that several web pages describe her as a female, although she sure looks like a male to me. And – please forgive me - this critter's real name is (gulp!!) Adi Kuntsman! No, I did not make that one up, so do not scream at ME for vulgarity! It is what the he-or-she-or-it is now calling itself. His/her web page is here: http://www.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/medialibrary/llc/files/MDCSN/AdiKuntsman.pdf Note the photo and how he/she claims to be an expert on Russian transvestites who made aliyah to Israel. See also http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/ricc/aboutus/people/kuntsman/index.html Naturally he/she is fanatically anti-Israel (http://www.monthlyreview.org/mrzine/kuntsman261009.html) Here is a testimonial about young Adi from his/her anti-Israel wife/partner: http://www.gilasvirsky.com/yehuditkeshet.html
Here is the announcement for the conference:
Queering Middle Eastern Cyberscapes
Special issue of Journal of Middle Eastern Women's Studies
Guest Editors: Noor Al-Qasimi and Adi Kuntsman
Call for Papers
Digital media and cybercultures have long been explored as fields of
identity formation, cultural contestations, and political tensions.
Digital mediascapes have also been of particular interest to
scholars of gender and sexuality for their potential to transform
some gendered, racial, and sexual power structures while
reaffirming, and often violently reinforcing, others. This special
issue ofJournal of Middle Eastern Women's Studies aims to bring
feminist and queer analysis of media and communication technologies
(the Internet, mobile phones, surveillance technologies, digital
television, and telecommunication) to the field of the Middle East
as both a geo-cultural space and a political entity.
Our intention is to examine the intersections, tensions, and co-
constitutions of queer sexualities and communication technologies;
queerness as a form of digitalized affect and as a political
practice; mediated violence and violence of mediation; new
technological frontiers and frontiers of identities; and practices
of everyday use and digitalized imaginaries. We hope to explore
these and other phenomena as they emerge in Middle Eastern countries
and communities and their diasporas. In recent years, much work has
focused on media in the Middle East, and gender/sexuality in the
Middle East; however, there is a paucity of scholarship on the
intersection of these fields. Still less work has emphasized
queering as a political metaphor in relation to the field of Middle
East Studies. The aim of this special issue is to acknowledge the
utility of a postcolonial queer critique as applied to this region
and its diasporas.
We are soliciting work that engages with the intersection of media
and sexuality with reference to the Middle East. Possible topics
Surveillance, war on terror
The policing of sexuality
Orientalism in new media cultures
Governmentality, biopolitics, and the Middle East
Sexuality and media censorship
Media technologies (e.g., YouTube, mobile phones, bluetooth,
picture/ video messaging) and queerness
Queer and/or social networking websites (e.g., Facebook, MySpace)
Queer Middle Eastern diasporas in cyberspace
HIV/AIDS-related online communities
LGBT and NGO activism
Drag, cross-dressing, butch/femme identities, other queer subjectivities
We welcome abstracts of articles to be considered for inclusion in
this special volume. Please send a bio and a 500-word abstract
detailing the topic of your article, the overall context, your
material, methodology, and theoretical argument by the 1st of
February 2010 to firstname.lastname@example.org . Authors will be notified
by the 15th of February 2010 of the outcome of their submissions.
If accepted, full papers should be submitted by the 1st of July
2010. Papers will then be reviewed individually in the standard
double- blind review process.
We also welcome shorter pieces of creative or analytical writing (up
to 1000 words, or 4000 words for interviews) or visual material on
the theme of this special volume. These pieces may be topical and/or
polemical. They are not sent out to be peer-reviewed but are
selected by the editors of the issue. If you would like to submit a
short piece, please contact us to discuss the format and deadlines.
Abstracts and inquiries about this issue should be sent to