Queering Narratives of Modernity
Edited By María Amelia Viteri and Manuela Lavinas Picq
Sonia Corrêa - Charting the ‘Orientalized other’ through a ‘Latin American’ lens
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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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