South-North Dialogues on Queer Epistemologies, Embodiments and Activisms
South-North Dialogues on Queer Epistemologies, Embodiments and Activisms is composed of research presented at the fourth international Queering Paradigms Conference (QP4), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In line with the QP project ethos of bringing together diverse epistemological and geographical allegiances, this volume intends to contribute to building a queer postcolonial critique of the current politics of queer activism and of queer knowledge production and circulation. However, rather than perpetuating the North-South dichotomy, the papers gathered here are an effort to establish global dialogues that crisscross those axes, as well as attempts at queering epistemologies, socio-political bonds, and bodies, embodiments and identities. They endeavour to trouble unequal geographies of knowledge – namely the North as an exporter of theories and the South as their importer; the North as a producer of knowledge and the South as its object of study – hosting enormous potential for reinvention.
Notes on Contributors
Alexander T. Vasilovsky is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. His Master’s research, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award and won the APA’s Division 44 Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award and the CPA’s Certificate of Academic Excellence, explored body-reflexive practices among queer-identified Torontonians. His research focuses on the dis- cursive construction of gender, sexuality and identity. In doing so, he relies on qualitative research methods, like Foucauldian and Lacanian Discourse Analysis. As a critical psychologist-in-training, he is interested in highlight- ing mainstream psychology’s taken-for-granted “truths”, especially as they pertain to gender and sexuality. Annie Wilkinson is a feminist researcher focused on gender and sexual- ity issues internationally. She holds a Masters in Gender and Development from FLACSO-Ecuador and is the author of Sin sanidad, no hay santidad: las prácticas reparativas en Ecuador (Cleanliness is Holiness: Reparative Practices in Ecuador), published by FLACSO-Ecuador (2013), which analyzes discourses and practices promoting “sexual orientation change efforts” in Ecuador, including their linkages to the transnational ex-gay movement. Annie has also supported women’s rights activists and LGBTI advocacy organizations in eastern and southern Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere in her previous work with the Global Fund for Women and Benetech. Bex Harper is currently finishing a PhD in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Her project analyses spatial and temporal representations of queer women’s belonging and otherness in recent German and British film and television. Her main focus...
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