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Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:30 – 11:00am/ JGLS

HOMONATIONALISM GONE VIRAL: TRANSMISSION, AFFECT, ASSEMBLAGE

Jasbir Puar, Department of Women’s & Gender Studies, Rutgers University

Homonationalism as a concept and a term has emerged in relevance to numerous debates about sexual rights in various locations in North America, Europe, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. While homonationalism itself may well become reified as another identity formation, in this paper I connect the original intentions behind its theorization and trace its paths of transmission through various forms of technological innovation. With a focus on both the work of Palestinian Queers for BDS and the Dan Savage's It Gets Better project, I argue that these paths belie and undermine any stable identity formation and rearticulate homonationalism not as an accusation, a problematic subject positioning, or something to oppose, but rather an assemblage of affect, bodily forces, and discourses.

Respondent: Ashley Tellis, Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi

 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
 
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