Queering Narratives of Modernity
Edited By María Amelia Viteri and Manuela Lavinas Picq
Bee Scherer - Queer scholars, activists, critics and caretakers: Notes on the genealogy, impact and aspiration of Queering Paradigms
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Queer scholars, activists, critics and caretakers: Notes on the genealogy, impact and aspiration of Queering Paradigms
After five global-glocal academic(-cum-activist) network conferences, this volume, Queering Narratives of Modernity, represents another milestone of the Queering Paradigms (QP) project. Programmatically noted in the introduction to the second QP volume, Queering Paradigms suggests challenging
‘the hetero/homonormative and gender binarist assumptions of any given academic discourse.’ As queer subjects defy the ‘seduction of identity by exclusion’, and celebrate ‘the whole potential of sexuality and gender fluidity and diversity’, any attempt to understand them through the lenses offered by standard discourse is destined to fail (Scherer 2010: 2). ‘Queer’ is not simply a synonym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning/Queer (LGBTIQ) subjects, as common use might suggest. Rather, it ought to be read as a reference to all who defy being pigeon-holed, pushed to the margins, or being pressured to adopt common social narratives regarding gender and sexuality. [..] Rather than a label or a category, queer might be understood as a disposition [..]. This disposition is concerned with challenging the assumptions underpinning social, intellectual, political, and cultural paradigms in relation to gender, sexuality, and identity [..]. However, this disposition is not concerned simply with the queering of paradigms as an activity of deconstruction, without social import. It is concerned with something deeper, with the aim of achieving tangible results. (Ball and Scherer 2011: 1)
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