Queering Nationalisms? The politics of 'queer' as a migrant signifier

Friday, 24 February 2012, 14:00 - 18:00
London Metropolitan University, T1-20, Tower Building

Leticia Sabsay speaks about 'Queering Nationalisms? The politics of 'queer' as a migrant signifier' at the ISET European Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on 'Queering Migrations: orientations, rights and sexualities in motion'

Paper abstract:

Being politically queer meant at the beginning of the 1990s to counter both the entanglement between heteronormativity and nationalism and the policing of identity. More recently, queer activism and scholarship have mostly focused on contesting the emergence of a homonormative form of nationalism as well as the hegemonic homonormative ideas that reign within institutionalised liberal LGBTI politics, which live in complicity with homonationalist ideals. Yet to say that one would only be queer as long as one embarks in this political project might be an overstatement. In many contexts, queer has become increasingly identitarian and even a sign of nationalism itself. In this paper I look at the shifting meanings of the ‘queer’ signifier and discuss some of the current tensions concerning what it means to be politically queer as well as which political compromises queers should make.  Since the signifier ‘queer’ has spread in many different directions, politically, culturally and geographically, I argue that these issues will necessary continue to be open matters of discussion, negotiation, and cultural translations, while pointing to key alliances against both universalist and nationalist queer positions.

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Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant (Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour ERC-AG-SH2).

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