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The Subtle Racializations of Sexuality. Queer Theory, the Aftermath of Colonial History, and the Late Modern State

  • Wann 07.06.2011 19:30 bis 12.06.2012 21:00
  • Wo Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Christinenstr. 18/19, Haus 8, Raum 3
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Veranstaltet von

Institut für Queer Theory / Institute for Cultural Inquiry



Self-proclaimed liberal and pluralist Western states happily turn to gender and sexual politics in order to demonstrate their presumed progressiveness. They find support from some parts of feminist and lgbti activism, for whom affirming liberal state and neoliberal diversity policies promises integration and recognition. Recently, a critique of these alliances has pointed out that there are new social divisions that go along with such policies, and that these policies are built upon certain racist premises. Serious debates around this critique, however, have tended to reproduce the political figure of antagonism, polarizing between dominant white middle class and various minoritized positions. By contrast, this lecture series seeks to bring to the fore the nuances of the critique and aims at advancing queer sexual politics that takes into consideration the subtle racializations of sexuality and the aftermath of colonial history.

The series brings together theoretical and political considerations that have developed from anti-racist, queer of color and/or migrant perspectives on late-modern and neoliberal state policies. It not only reflects on the way queer activism is entangled with these policies, but also points out how such activism is critical about the policies, and/or resistant to them. The speakers will analyze the sexual imaginaries that organize Western publics built upon occidentalist premises and develop queer counter narratives. They will also reflect on the possibilities and problematics of translating queer politics, which are informed by and attentive to complex power relations, into state politics. What happens in these translation processes? What are the roles of different institutional, non-institutional or anti-institutional contexts? What kind of theoretical and political alliances and/or tensions arise when fights against racism, homophobia, sexism, classism, and bodyism are combined, but privileges and profits are ignored?



Dienstag 7. Juni 2011
Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
The Cost of Getting Better. Ecologies of Race, Sex, and Disability

Donnerstag 27. Oktober 2011
Sara Ahmed (Goldsmiths, University of London)
On Not Becoming a National Part: Willfulness as Political Art

Montag 14. November 2011
Fatima El-Tayeb (University of California, San Diego)
Postracial Europe? Minority Activism and the Queering of Ethnicity

Dienstag 24. April 2012
Antonia Chao (Tunghai University, Taiwan)
Encountering Sexual Aliens: State Sovereignty and the Heteronormative Mechanism at Work on the Margins of Taiwan

Dienstag 15. Mai 2012
Drucilla Cornell (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
Rethinking Ethical Feminism and Sexual Politics Through uBuntu

Dienstag 12. Juni 2012
Cathy Cohen (University of Chicago)
Race and Queer Theory in the Age of Obama


Gefördert von

ICI Berlin - Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Prof. Beate Binder (Institut für Europäische Ethnologie und ZTG, HU-Berlin)
Gladt e.V., Gender/Queer e.V. (i.G.)
Prof. Sabine Hark (ZIFG, TU-Berlin)
Prof. Mari Mikkola / Prof. Rahel Jaeggi (Institut für Philosophie, HU-Berlin)
Prof. Cilja Harders (Institut für Politikwissenschaft, FU Berlin)
Zentraleinrichtung zur Förderung von Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung (ZEFG, FU-Berlin)
Schwules Museum Berlin


ZtG-Veranstaltungskategorie: Gender-Veranstaltungen der Institute/Fakultäten der HU