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Towards a queer diasporic geopolitics

Authors: Farhang Rouhani*, University of Mary Washington
Topics: Sexuality, Ethnicity and Race, Immigration/Transnationalism
Keywords: Queer Geopolitics, Diaspora, Anarchism, Iran
Session Type: Paper
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Critical geopolitical approaches have made significant contributions in critiquing and moving beyond realist, masculinist, and imperializing modes of geopolitical theorizing. At the same time, they primarily center on the Global North, underrepresent the materiality of bodily experience, and discount the existence of alternative spaces and modes. In this paper, I argue for an approach to geopolitics that draws inspiration from queer diasporic and anarchist perspectives to advance a geopolitical centering on the creative, liberatory, and transformative spaces of diasporic existence. Specifically through an examination of the circulation of queer Iranian diasporic art, I strive to produce a queer geopolitics of hope and possibility.

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