Queering Narratives of Modernity
Edited By María Amelia Viteri and Manuela Lavinas Picq
Amy Lind And Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal - Foreword
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AMY LIND AND LOURDES MARTÍNEZ-ECHAZÁBAL
Is the project of ‘queering’ modernity an emancipatory, anti-normative project, one that leads to a decolonial future? Or is ‘queerness’ itself, with its linguistic Anglophone origins and Eurocentric assumptions, implicitly an imperial project that serves primarily to institutionalize a Northern/Western-imposed sexual modernization agenda in the greater global South?1 Similarly, how do notions about queerness or homosexuality become terrains of dispute for broader struggles concerning Westernization, globalization, sovereignty or secularization? How can we reclaim and maintain the emancipatory potential of ‘queering’ modernity in epistemological and methodological terms? These are some of the pivotal questions that implicitly or explicitly inform the contributions to this path-breaking and inspirational volume.
As a product of the Queering Paradigms V (QP5) conference held in Quito, Ecuador in February 2014, Queering Narratives of Modernity pushes the boundaries of how we think about queer studies and post/decolonial studies, with particular emphasis on epistemological framings of queerness from/within the greater global South, and as transcending global South/ ← ix | x → North geopolitical, linguistic, cultural and epistemological borders. QP5 drew upon various kinds of interventions – activism, forms of artistic and cultural expression and academic dialogues – taking place in the Andes, in South America, and the Américas and beyond. And it is, precisely, this inclusionary gesture, the experiential and critical polyphony that characterizes this volume that, in our opinion, deepens the understanding of post/decolonial queer studies produced in and about the greater global...
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