Introduction to queer/ing regions

Çakirlar, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1171-8635, 2016. Introduction to queer/ing regions. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 23 (11), pp. 1615-1618. ISSN 0966-369X

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Contemporary scholarship on queer globalizations and transnational sexuality studies is increasingly attending to identities and assemblages that transcend or dislocate national identification, as a way of engaging with the partialities, the intersections, and the imbalances that inform lived sexualities. At the same time, these studies have challenged exclusively national and nationalist deployments of homonormativity, opening the way for narratives and analyses that not merely unsettle the normative/national nexus (e.g. Haritaworn, Kuntsman and Posocco 2014; Kulpa 2014; Puar 2007) but also the politics of ‘value extraction’ inciting sexual subjects to enact the ‘drama of queer lovers and hateful others’ in contemporary wars on terror (Haritaworn 2015). Drawing on Gayatri Gopinath’s (2008: 343) theorization of ‘queer regions,’ this themed section questions how useful regionality is as ‘a concept through which to explore the particularities of gender and sexual logics in spaces that exist in tangential relation to the nation but that are simultaneously and irreducibly marked by complex national and global processes.’ Having been launched at a symposium at Nottingham Trent University in February 2013, Queer/ing Regions addresses the potentials of a non-hegemonic ‘critical (self-)regioning’ in queer studies (Çakırlar 2015). The themed section explores the ways in which the complex regional/local formations of sexual dissidence emerges, if not being instrumentalized, as objects of theoretical inquiry when addressed within a global context by means of transnational formations of academic and activist practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography
Creators: Çakirlar, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2016
Volume: 23
Number: 11
ISSN: 0966-369X
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Apr 2016 09:25
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 14:45

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