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17.00 – 18.30 (GMT) Monday 22 March

Keynote Conversation

Rahul Rao (SOAS, University of London): Keynote

Title: ‘What is the Relationship Between Homonationalism and Homocapitalism?’
In this talk, I’d like to explore what it means to think of homocapitalism as homonationalism’s necessary supplement. Was homonationalism always already about homocapitalism? Under what conditions might homocapitalism supplant homonationalism? And how might these twin logics express themselves in the authoritarianisms through which we are currently living?

Jasbir K. Puar (Rutgers University): Response

Chair: Sarah Franklin (University of Cambridge)

16.00 – 17.30 (GMT) Tuesday 23 March

Panel I: Queer and Conflict

This panel will discuss different ways in which conflict and queer can be thought together. We think about ‘conflict’ broadly, being wary of confining conflict to already stigmatised and marginalized geographies. We think about different conflict-enabling structures, such as neoliberalism, nationalism, colonialism and authoritarianism, and how queer politics can make interventions into them.

Chair: Jamie J. Hagen (Queen’s University Belfast)

  • Dibyesh Anand (University of Westminster, London): ‘Contemporary Colonialisms, Queering Nationalisms’
  • Evren Savcı (Yale University): ‘Neoliberal Islam and Securitization of Queers’
  • Lukasz Szulc (University of Sheffield): ‘Uncanny Europe and Protective Europeanism: Polish queers in the UK in Times of Growing Authoritarianism’
16.00 – 17.30 (GMT) Wednesday 24 March

Panel 2: The Gendered and Sexual Politics of Authoritarianisms

‘The Gendered and Sexual Politics of Authoritarianisms’ panel aims to discuss various ways in which gender and sexuality inform different kinds of authoritarian politics. From knowledge production about gender, to legal interventions, to disrupting state enforced ways of thinking, this panel will expand our understanding of gender and sexuality in the context of authoritarianisms.

Chair: Lauren Wilcox (University of Cambridge)

  • Judit Takács (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): ‘Institutionalizing Genderphobia in Hungary’
  • Alexander Kondakov (University College Dublin): ‘Defending the Russian State from Queer Theory’
  • Gina Gwenffrewi (University of Edinburgh): ‘The Dungeon in the City on a Hill: on how the USA, its mainstream culture, and its carceral system decide which trans people get to be seen and unseen’
16.00 – 17.30 (GMT) Thursday 25 March

Panel 3: Authoritarianisms Caught in the Web: Queer Digital Activisms

How do digital activisms alter the ways in which we think about mobilisation, and affect? Do they help us counter authoritarian states and open up queer spaces, or do they become means of authoritarian discipline and control? Seeking answers to these questions, this panel will situate digital activism at the core of authoritarian politics and objections to them.

Chair: Daniel Luther (London School of Economics)

  • Ladan Rahbari (University of Amsterdam): ‘Queering Iran, Digitally: Implicit Activism and LGBTQI+ Dating on Telegram’
  • Larissa Kojoué (University of Buea, Cameroon / CEPED Paris): ‘Queer digital activism in Cameroon. Exploring the dynamics of gender, sexuality and power mediated through digital cultures’
  • Antoine Badaoui (University of Leicester): ‘Transgressing Heteronormativity Online: A Study of Social Media Videos of LGBT Organisations in Lebanon’
16.00 – 17.30 (GMT) Friday 26 March

Panel 4: Decolonising Sexualities

What does it mean to decolonise sexualities? How can we think about sexualities in a broader history of colonialism, exploitation, and racism? Furthermore, what different practices and ways of producing knowledge can help us better engage with these questions? In this panel, we will be discussing different ways in which we engage with sexualities, situating them in broader context of colonialism.

Chair: Mónica Moreno Figueroa (University of Cambridge)

  • Kim TallBear (University of Alberta): ’Settler Love Is Breaking My Heart: Sex, Kin, Country’
  • Ayodele Sogunro (Human Rights Lawyer, Writer and PhD Candidate, University of Pretoria): ‘The nature and legacy of political homophobia in British colonial Africa: the Nigerian case’
  • Matthew Waites (University of Glasgow): ‘Contesting Colonial Criminalisation: The Significance of Customary Law for Decolonising Queer Analysis’
10.00 – 12.00 (GMT) Saturday 27 March 

Queer Activism and Care: Transnational Conversations

Moderator: Senthorun Raj (Keele University)

Activists: TBA

16.00 – 17.30 (BST) Tuesday 30 March

Writing in Conflict, Writing in Community

Natasha Tanna (University College London)

The ‘in conflict’ of the workshop’s title refers to writing amidst conflict of various sorts, including psychological and political conflict. In this workshop we will discuss the dilemmas we face when our lives, personal circumstances, political commitments and writing practices come into conflict with the norms and most valued scholarly forms in the neoliberal academy. What is lost when we try to fit the knowledges we gain through queer, feminist, and anti-racist research and practice into conventional scholarly ‘outputs’?

To read more about the conversations from which the idea to hold this workshop emerged, see this blog post.