Queering Geopolitics

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Sexuality and Space Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Sneha Krishnan, Debanuj DasGupta
Chairs: Sneha Krishnan


Queering Geopolitics

Sneha Krishnan (University of Oxford) and Debanuj Dasgupta (University of Connecticut)

Co-Sponsored by the Political Geography and Sexuality and Space Specialty Groups

Queer theorists have engaged with debates on borders, nation-states and international relations for some time now (Amar, 2013; Arondekar & Patel, 2016; DasGupta & DasGupta, 2018). They have demonstrated that territorial imaginaries produce heterosexuality and gender binaries as a matter of imperial discourse, most recently in the context of a ‘war on terror’. In disciplinary geography, feminist scholars (Dixon 2016, Hyndman 2004, Smith 2012) have centred bodies, affects and desires, arguing that queer life is necessarily entangled with the lived experience of geopolitics (Koopman, 2011; Tolia-Kelly 2010, Oswin 2015). Building on these debates, this session asks: how might we conceptualise a queer geopolitics? We propose geopolitics as an analytical category simultaneously for approaching the contemporary world order, as well as to interrogate sexuality as it is produced through/with statecraft, and in the striving of sexually marginalised communities to create bodily security.

Questions that the session will address include:

• How do questions about queerness and geography intersect with debates in critical and decolonial geopolitics?
• How are concepts of home, empire and body co-implicated in these debates?
• Can debates on time from queer and decolonial theory unsettle and allow us to rethink questions on temporality, development and modernity in geopolitics?
• How are diverse queer and transgender communities forging cross border, and on the ground strategies in order to create security for themselves?
• How can we conceptualise critical approaches to queer migration and refugee studies? How might this allow us to make sense of the experiences of queer and transgender communities in conflict/ war/ post-disaster areas?

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DasGupta, R & DasGupta, D. 2018. Queering Digital India: Activisms, Identities, and Subjectivities.
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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Debanuj DasGupta*, University of Connecticut, Queering Inter-Asian Linkages 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Tai Jacob*, McGill University, Borders drawn on bodies, borders drawn through time: The chronobiopolitics of Canada’s LGBT refugee regime 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Ho Lam Cheng*, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Manoeuvring in the City: Spatial and Temporal Tactics of Sex-working Mothers in Hong Kong 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Christopher Neubert*, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Farming, Sexuality, and the Production of the State in the Corn Belt: Rural Means (Not) Queer 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Emma Mawdsley University of Cambridge 20 11:15 AM

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