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Queering Paradigms V

Queering Narratives of Modernity

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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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Sonia Corrêa - Charting the ‘Orientalized other’ through a ‘Latin American’ lens

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SONIA CORRÊA

Charting the ‘Orientalized other’ through a ‘Latin American’ lens

My intervention at the plenary session of the fifth Queering Paradigms (QP5) Conference in Quito (February, 2014) shared reflections from a decade of global research on sexuality and politics.1 This commentary departs from that event to establish an initial dialogue with Nikita Dhawan’s critical review of Euro- North American queer theorizing, re-reading a few of her arguments through a ‘Latin American’ lens. I have taken this direction because a rich mosaic of insights and questions emerged when I juxtaposed Dawhan’s elaborations to what has been produced by theorists, researchers and activists engaged in the examination of trajectories and challenges of sexual politics in the Americas south of the Rio Grande.2

This cross reading opened many inspiring pathways to be explored. I originally aimed at responding to the questions raised by Leticia Sabsay in the article included in Resentir lo queer en America Latina – Diálogos desde/con el Cono Sur (Falconi, Castellanos and Viteri 2014), launched at the QP5 Conference. I was interested in how the ‘Orientalized other lens’ and the ‘homonationalist hypothesis’ translate or not to Latin American postcolonial conditions and sexual politics landscapes. I also intended to examine ← 69 | 70 → the sharp contrast between the state-phobia of Euro- North American queer theorizing, examined by Dhawan, and the marked state-centered features of our own sexual politics in Latin America. Time and space constraints limited my original ambitions. This commentary...

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