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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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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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