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.
Introduction: Queer Interventions, Ethics, and Glocalities
The sixth Queering Paradigms (QP) volume brings together perspectives on embodied queerness within the complicated diachronic and synchronic parameters of hegemonic oppressive normativities; biopolitics and social-religious governmentalities. Not simply looking at LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersex, queer/querying etc.) realities and lives, queer resistance and the queer rebellious critical impulse necessarily address sexual and gender identity justice intersectionally in their complex interpellation with the messy wealth of identitarian markers and constructs inscribed onto individual bodies by, among other, reproductive-patriarchal, (neo)colonial, racist, nationalist, classist, ageist, able-ist and other socio-corporeal normative discourses. This volume offers queer interventions, explores value-production in socio-corporeal normative frameworks, and exemplifies and highlights the complexity of queering in the global-local continuum.
The interventions in this volume aim to challenge, among others, status quos in academic disciplines; advance cultural philosophy; and give voice to embodied artivism. They ‘offer alternative readings and significations […] to demonstrate the necessary instability of […] ‘“natural”, “fixed” or “stable” discourses’ (Ramlow 2009: 131). In psychology, interventions point to the healing incursions directed at harmful cognitive, emotive and behavioral patterns of the psycho-social subject/experiencer. Just as post-traumatic interventions aim to help victims of physical violence, war and terrorism (see Blumberg, Hare and Costin 2006: 242–244), queer interventions can be understood as countering the psycho-social violence against queer subjects; these are done through concrete acts of resistance in the public sphere through activism, art(ivism); political and civic disobedience and protest; through individual, contextual modes of resistance, counter-scripts and ← 1 | 2 → resilience....
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