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Queering Paradigms V

Queering Narratives of Modernity


Edited By María Amelia Viteri and Manuela Lavinas Picq

The authors of this edited volume use a queer perspective to address colonialism as localized in the Global South, to analyse how the queer can be decolonized and to map the implications of such conversations on hegemonic and alternative understandings of modernity. This book is distinct in at least four ways. First, its content is a rare blend of original scholarly pieces with internationally acclaimed art. Second, it is a volume that blends theoretical debates with policy praxis, filling a gap that often tends to undermine the reach of either side at play. Third, its topic is unique, as sexual politics are put in direct dialogue with post-colonial debates. Fourth, the book brings to the forefront voices from the Global South/non-core to redefine a field that has been largely framed and conceptualized in the Global North/core.
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This project started at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, inspired by its irreverent rhythm, warm people and carioca beauty. The products of the QP5 conference are presented in this book, and it is our hope that this volume invites more connections between academia, activism, and art. It is also our hope that it continues to bring new possibilities of practicing academia with fresh, novel ideas and renewed creativity.

We are grateful for the support of friends and colleagues at different stages of this process. Bee Scherer and Sara Lewis supported the QP5 project from the beginning. Sonia Corrêa, Nikita Dhawan and Bee Scherer shared insights to set the tone of QP5 and at different stages of the project; Sonia offered further insights in the writing of this book. Special thanks goes to them and to our contributors to this volume, a courageous and fun group of groundbreaking scholars, artists, activists. Our Peter Lang editors were supportive from the beginning, doing their utmost to bring this book to fruition. Maristher Guevara, a graduate of International Relations and Applied Ecology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, contributed reliable assistance through various editorial stages to make this book a reality, and David Barmettler’s constant support and careful review was invaluable.

Many people made QP5 possible that set the foundations for this book, among those our fantastic executive and academic committees together with a magnificent team of volunteers lead by...

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