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Queering Paradigms IV

South-North Dialogues on Queer Epistemologies, Embodiments and Activisms


Edited By Elizabeth Sara Lewis, Rodrigo Borba, Branca Falabella Fabrício and Diana de Souza Pinto

South-North Dialogues on Queer Epistemologies, Embodiments and Activisms is composed of research presented at the fourth international Queering Paradigms Conference (QP4), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In line with the QP project ethos of bringing together diverse epistemological and geographical allegiances, this volume intends to contribute to building a queer postcolonial critique of the current politics of queer activism and of queer knowledge production and circulation. However, rather than perpetuating the North-South dichotomy, the papers gathered here are an effort to establish global dialogues that crisscross those axes, as well as attempts at queering epistemologies, socio-political bonds, and bodies, embodiments and identities. They endeavour to trouble unequal geographies of knowledge – namely the North as an exporter of theories and the South as their importer; the North as a producer of knowledge and the South as its object of study – hosting enormous potential for reinvention.

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The Queering Paradigms (QP henceforth) network, international conference and book series grew as a response to a localized materialization of the trappings of heteronormativity: refusal to recognize difference, leading to the dehumanization of the subjects seen as “different” (Butler 2004). QP was founded in 2008 by Professor B. Scherer, aiming to insidiously (under)mine normativities and the processes of exclusion and hierarchization that accompany them and are (re)produced by them.

Hetero- and homonormativities have been the primary focus of critique of the Queering Paradigms network. QP1 was held at Canterbury Christ Church University, in 2009. In its second incarnation, in 2010, the QP conference, held at the Queensland University of Technology, in Australia, contributed significantly to public policy debates, among others. In 2011, at the Oneonta campus of the State University of New York, USA, QP3 brought together a broad array of queer researchers and activists from many disciplinary affiliations and geographical locations. However, in the three conferences, representatives of North America and Europe greatly outnumbered Global Southerners. This trajectory brought to light yet another normativity to be ruthlessly combatted: the QP project, albeit unintentionally, seemed to be falling victim to North-normativity. With North-normativity we want to highlight the geographical bias of knowledge production and circulation within Queer Theories (but unfortunately not restricted to them).

QP4, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012, was the network’s first attempt to contest the logics of such an epistemological trap. The presence of Latin Americans was very...

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