This session seeks to explore the ways that queer identities emerge in a post-colonial context, caught between orientalist exoticization of non-normative genders and sexualities and the desires of these often highly marginalized individuals for aspirational spaces in which to safely explore and develop authentic communities of interest. A critical element of Edward Said’s orientalism is the frequent failure to understand the underlying power dynamics that have marginalized populations in the Middle East by treating them as exotic and erotic subjects of the colonial imagination. More recently, Joseph Massad (2002) has argued that western scholars and activists who proclaim and export a universalized LGBTQ liberation movement simultaneously produce “homosexuals, as well as gays and lesbians, where they do not exist, and represses same-sex desires and practices that refuse to be assimilated into its sexual epistemology” (p. 363). In a similar vein, Visser (2013) has suggested that tropes of gay village development based on western historical patterns are not really useful in the South African context.
|Presenter||Gilly Hartal*, , Homo-urbanism: Homonationalism and the case of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv||20||12:40 PM|
|Presenter||Ozlem Atalay*, Florida State University, Petra L. Doan, Florida State University, In Pursuit of (Inclusive) Queer Spaces: The Case of Middle East||20||1:00 PM|
|Presenter||Angela Lieber*, Florida State University, Western Scholarship on Third Genders: What does the Gender “Trinary” Do?||20||1:20 PM|
|Presenter||Petra Doan*, Florida State University, Dis-orienting the Identification Problem||20||1:40 PM|
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