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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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Momin Rahman - Querying the equation of sexual diversity with modernity: Towards a homocolonialist test

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MOMIN RAHMAN

Querying the equation of sexual diversity with modernity: Towards a homocolonialist test

During 2015 I was lucky enough to be involved in two international conferences on LGBTIQ rights and identities; the Queering Paradigms event in Quito, Ecuador that has produced this volume, and the World Pride Human Rights Conference held in Toronto, Canada in June.1 In the larger scheme of things, these were mini-events, with more press devoted to the World Pride festival in particular, rather than the conference. Perhaps the public perception of conferences are that they are ‘too’ academic (and certainly not fun) but, in fact, both these meetings were a genuine mix of activists, academics and those who fulfil both roles. A consistent theme in my experience, moreover, were the tensions between academic analyses of LGBTIQ politics and activist politics on the ground, focused around the contemporary internationalization of LGBTIQ rights and the reactions to this in non-western and global south countries.2

This chapter is an attempt to chart these tensions because I think that both academics (my people) and activists (those we academics envy for being more heroic than us) are struggling with the consequences and implications of this recent development. Of course, I provide an academic’s viewpoint rather than an activist’s, but I hope to do so in a way that is accessible and because I also want to make the case that we must think more conceptually about the contemporary era of internationalization...

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