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Queering Paradigms VIII

Queer-Feminist Solidarity and the East/West Divide

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Edited By Katharina Wiedlack, Saltanat Shoshanova and Masha Godovannaya

Queering Paradigms VIII brings together critical discourses on queer-feminist solidarity between Western, post-Soviet and post-socialist contexts. It highlights transnational solidarity efforts against homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. It engages grass-roots activists and community organizers in a conversation with scholars, and shows that the lines between these categories are blurry and that queer theorists and analysts are to be found in all spheres of queer-feminist culture. It highlights that queer paradigms and theories are born in street protests, in community spaces, in private spheres, through art and culture as well as in academia, and that the different contexts speak to each other.

This anthology presents some of the radical approaches that emerge at the intersection of activism, community organizing, art and academia, through transnational exchange, migration and collaborations. It is a celebration of alliances and solidarities between activism, community building, art, culture and academic knowledge production. Yet, the collected work also brings forward the necessary critique of Western hegemonies involved in contemporary queer-feminist solidarity activism and theory between the ‘East’ and ‘West.’ It is an important thinking about, thinking through and thinking in solidarity and the East/West divide, setting new impulses to fight oppression in all its forms.

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14 The Fucking Solidarity Manifesto

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The following piece was produced as a result of various discussions among an activist-academic-artistic group of people who came together in 2016 to discuss the possibility of organizing a ‘Queering Paradigms’ conference in Vienna with a focus on solidarity and the post-Soviet space. Some of the following was already presented at the ‘Fucking Solidarity’ conference in September 2017 at the University of Vienna as an activist intervention in the academic format of a conference and as framing of this international event, which was intended to be a space for international exchange and solidarity. Some of it emerged in later discussions and the collective work on the conference, various other projects as well as the present anthology. The editors of the latter made a collective decision to publish this piece, calling it sometimes tentatively a working ‘manifesto,’ to reflect the extensive and challenging work-in-progress character of whatever it is that lies at the heart of transnational solidarity and community organizing across the East/West divide.←351 | 352→

Why and how we fuck (with) solidarity? And what’s so queer-feminist about it?

What is queer solidarity? What kind of solidarity is needed and is useful to our friends and comrades within the post-Soviet and/or post-colonial context? And how does what we, the white privileged western academics and activists as well as the migrants and refugees coming from post-Soviet and other spheres do now and did in the past, to meet these needs?

Fucking Solidarity wants...

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