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“Where yu from, who yu wit?!”: Black Queer Tourism as Itinerant Hospitality

Authors: Christopher Smith*, OISE / University of Toronto
Topics: Tourism Geography, Sexuality
Keywords: Blackness, Queerness, Diaspora, Tourism Studies, queer geographies
Session Type: Paper
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This paper presentation is a theoretical examination of Queer tourism studies. While feminist geographers such as Lynda Johnston (2005) and Rebecca Jennings (2010) have expanded the masculinist and heteronormative scope of Tourism studies through research on lesbian mobility, the study of Black tourism practices and circuits is still a relatively nascent field. With this context in mind, what does it mean to propose a “Black queer tourism studies”? How do practices of Black queer mobility augment established circuits of travel? More importantly what interventions would a Black queer tourism studies make in relation to Queer tourism studies? To address these questions I refer to practices of Black queer mobility and travel as a form of “itinerant hospitality”. By referring to these practices as a form of “itinerant hospitality” what is argued is that circuits of Black queer mobility conjure different forms of counter-movement that push against normative circuits of tourism. Inspired by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s critical methodology offered in their canonical essay “Axiomatic” (1999) this essay offers a series of “axioms” to consider the critical investments that a Black queer tourism studies might entail.

Jennings, Rebecca. "It Was a Hot Climate, and It Was a Hot Time: Lesbian Migration and Transnational Networks in the Mid-twentieth Century", Australian Feminist Studies, Vol 25, Issue 63, 2010, pp 31-45

Johnston, Lynda. Queering Tourism: Paradoxical Performances of Gay Pride Parades. London: Routledge, 2005

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. “Axiomatic,” in The Cultural Studies Reader, 2nd edition, edited by Simon During. London: Routledge, 1999. pp 320-339.

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