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Reading Group on Homonationalism

September 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on Reading Group on Homonationalism

Global Queer Research Group (GQRG)

Presents A Monthly Reading Group on

Terrorist Assemblages: homonationalism in queer times
by Jasbir K. Puar (2007)

September 28
3rd Floor Board Room
Liu Institute for Global Issues

The GQRG is excited to present a monthly reading group on Jasbir K. Puar’s Terrorist Assemblages: homonationalism in queer times. In Terrorists Assemblages, Puar argues that configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class , and ethnicity are realigning in relation to contemporary forces of securitization, counterterrorism and nationalism. In looking at this, Puar contends that heteronormative ideologies that the U.S. Nation-state has long relied on are now accompanied by homonormative ideologies that replicate narrow racial, class, gender, and national ideals. These “homonationalisms” are deployed to distinguish upright “properly hetero,” and now “properly homo,” U.S. patriots from perversely sexualized and racialized so called terrorists and “unwanted” foreigners.

Each month the GQRG reading group will read a chapter from Terrorist Assemblages and a selected academic article to discuss together. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please RSVP before hand.

This month’s readings will be

1. Puar, J. (2007). Terrorist Assemblages: homonationalism in queer times.Durham: Duke University Press.

1. Preface: tactics, strategies, logisitics
2. Introduction: homonationalism and biopolitics

2. Morgensen, S. L. (2010) Settler Homonationalism: Theorizing Settler Colonialism within Queer Modernities. GLQ:Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 16(1-2), pp. 105-131.

Excerpt from Abstract: This essay newly interprets the settler formation of U.S. queer modernities by inspiration of Jasbir Puar’s critique of homonationalism. Puar argues that homonationalism produces U.S. queers as regulatory over the racialized and sexualized populations targeted within the imperial biopolitics of the war on terror. I explain homonationalism as a quality of U.S. queer modernities having formed within a colonial biopolitics, in which the terrorizing sexual colonization of Native peoples produces modern sexuality as a function of settlement. This essay reinterprets historical accounts at the intersections of queer, Native, and colonial studies to show how a colonial biopolitics of modern sexuality relationally produces Native and settler sexual subjects…

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