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Queering Paradigms VI

Interventions, Ethics and Glocalities

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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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2 Queer(ing) Žižek

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BOJAN KOLTAJ

2   Queer(ing) Žižek

Introduction

Since its inception, Queer Theory has been tasked with dismantling categories of identity related to gender and sexuality, which are perceived as normative. In this challenge to identity, which has exposed afresh its socio-political centrality as such (cf. Penney 2014: 178), it has operated within and drawn upon its intellectual theoretical milieu. Discussion of identity, be it sexual or other, has and continues to revolve around, or at least refer to critical theorists, such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler or Eve Sedgwick, to name but a few. Indeed, these thinkers have all been far from merely of referential importance, but were and are instead essential in the development of Queer Theory. The central aim of this chapter is to contribute to the exploration of the Slovenian critical theorist Slavoj Žižek as a queer thinker and as a possible resource or at least referent for Queer Theory. Admittedly, Žižek does not primarily address sexuality, or at least does not do so directly, and in his several interventions into Queer and Gender Theory, upholds Lacan’s views on sexualities, insisting upon masculine and feminine as psychoanalytic categories. Yet, as will become clear, both Žižek’s views and those of his master are far from vulgar affirmations of sexual normativity and identity, but instead expose them as arbitrary, part of the ‘Symbolic Order’. The critical theorist is concerned with the ‘Real’ of the subject,...

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