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Queering Paradigms VI

Interventions, Ethics and Glocalities


Edited By Bee Scherer

This edited volume brings together perspectives on embodied queerness within the complicated parameters of hegemonic normativities, biopolitics and social-religious governmentalities. Queering Paradigms VI offers queer interventions, explores value-production in socio-corporeal normative frameworks, and exemplifies and highlights the complexity of queering in the global-local continuum. Queer maintains its revolutionary subversive functionality as an impulse and catalyst for cultural shifts challenging status quos, advancing cultural philosophy and activism/artivism and subverting harmful discourses at work among communities of practice and academic disciplines. The authors of this volume demonstrate the discoursive power of value-production and show pathways of global-local queer resistance, virtuosity and failure in the fields of philosophy, pedagogy, psychology, art, criminology, health, social media, history, religion and politics.

The volume features a particular South Asia focus and a balanced mix of early career researchers and established scholars, which reflects Queering Paradigms’ ethos for fostering a genial academic community of practice and to proffer intergenerational support and voice.

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1 The Queer Optimism of a Remuant Pedagogy


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1   The Queer Optimism of a Remuant Pedagogy

Every fundamental trait which underlies everything that happens, which expresses itself in everything that happens, ought to lead an individual who felt it as his fundamental trait to welcome triumphantly every moment of general existence. The point would be precisely to experience this fundamental trait in oneself as good, as valuable, with pleasure. (Nietzsche 2003: 118)

One of many contemporary pessimisms is a pessimism about pleasure as well as optimism itself. The argument goes that pleasure is fleeting and only leads us to desire more at its end and is therefore ultimately a negative force. Happiness and wellbeing are more acceptable because they help us be sociable, productive, and reduce or eliminate depression. A number of academics, politicians and school leaders have lately been engaged in clumsily adapting Buddhist teachings to Western contexts under the rhetoric of ‘wellbeing’ and ‘mindfulness’. Anthony Seldon’s recent book Beyond Happiness decries pleasure as a ‘purely self-centred, egotistical and narcissistic state’ (Seldon 2015: 16). For him

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