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Bridging Queer of Color Theory and Political-Economic Geography I

Type: Paper
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: Edgar Sandoval, Robert Chlala
Chairs: Edgar Sandoval


This panel will explore the growing contributions queer of color critique and queer theory from the Global South to political-economic geography. Nearly four decades of geographies of sexuality have opened a wide range of conversations regarding how constructions of sexual difference and politics are mutually constituted with space and place. Yet, as numerous critiques (including within the discipline) have noted, such an approach relegates queer identity to urban/rural spaces, movements and media explicitly marked (through universalizing categories) as gay, lesbian, and (more rarely) trans. Many geographers of sexuality have raised concerns about how moving forward, scholars can, and in fact must, grapple with material analysis of the relationships among capital and sexuality, with the multi-scalar functioning of power and sovereignty, and towards a more conjunctural approach.

Queer of color critique and queer theory from the global South opens opportunities to deepen analytics across geographies of sexuality and political-economic geography. As these areas work to integrate an analysis of racial capitalism and settler colonialism, queer of color critique foregrounds women of color feminism, postcolonial analysis, and materialism. Such an approach offers a reckoning with positionality and power as scholars. Conversely, political-economic geography offers these fields a deeper grounding in place, space, and land, and articulations of sexuality, capital, and power across varying global contexts.

This panel(s) looks to bring together papers and presentations* that contend with the applications of different forms of queer of color critique and diasporic queer theory to political and economic geography. We look to open up a conversation on synergies that help further queer geography beyond sexuality and to more squarely engage with broader political-economic questions like gentrification, migration, labor, ecological transformation, and more.

*Participants are welcome to present work from less traditional academic venues and approaches, including using film, arts, reports, etc., and centering the co-production of knowledge with communities.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Hafsa Arain*, Boston University, Going Under the Bridge: Queer Activism in a Gentrifying Karachi 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Edgar Sandoval*, University of Washington, Immigrants and Mixed-Status Families Navigating Landscapes of Violence in US Midwestern Suburbia 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Debanuj DasGupta*, University of Connecticut, RePlacing AIDS: Racialization, Melancholia and AIDS Activism in New York 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Stefanos Milkidis*, CUNY - Graduate Center, Black Bodies in ‘White’ Spaces: A Queer of Color Critique to the Study of Geographies of Difference 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Lorena Muñoz University of Minnesota 15 12:00 AM

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