Queer Necropolitics

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Edited by Jin Haritaworn, Adi Kuntsman, Silvia Posocco
Routledge, 2014

This book comes at a time when the intrinsic and self-evident value of queer rights and protections, from gay marriage to hate crimes, is increasingly put in question. It assembles writings that explore the new queer vitalities within their wider context of structural violence and neglect. Moving between diverse geopolitical contexts – the US and the UK, Guatemala and Palestine, the Philippines, Iran and Israel – the chapters in this volume interrogate claims to queerness in the face(s) of death, both spectacular and everyday.

European Others. Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe

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by Fatima El Tayeb
University of Minnesota Press, 2011

European Others offers an interrogation into the position of racialized communities in the European Union, arguing that the tension between a growing nonwhite, non-Christian population and insistent essentialist definitions of Europeanness produces new forms of identity and activism. Moving beyond disciplinary and national limits, Fatima El-Tayeb explores structures of resistance, tracing a Europeanization from below in which migrant and minority communities challenge the ideology of racelessness that places them firmly outside the community of citizens.

Tejiendo de otro modo: Feminismo, epistemología y apuestas descoloniales en Abya Yala

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Editoras: Yuderkis Espinosa Miñoso, Diana Gómez Correal y Karina Ochoa Muñoz
Universidad del Cauca, 2014.

“Los textos feministas que hemos seleccionado para esta compilación, desde nuestro punto de vista, producen desplazamientos político-epistémicos a la racionalidad occidental del feminismo eurocentrado. Articulan análisis, miradas, hipótesis que enfrentan la narrativa convencional construida y alimentada por los marcos clásicos de interpretación feminista, pero lo hacen desde una apuesta que prioriza las voces sistemáticamente relegadas o ignoradas por un discurso blanco-burgués feminista que niega las diferencias entre ‘las mujeres’ y por tanto, produce, por un lado, lugares de enunciación privilegiados, y por el otro, marginales.

Además de contribuir a la divulgación de estas voces y pensamientos ‘otros’ del Sur, el texto busca aportar a la construcción de una genealogía feminista comprometida con la crítica a la colonialidad, que debe ser recogida no solo por el feminismo sino por la propuesta descolonial en su conjunto. Esta compilación busca responder a un vacío existente mediante la difusión de las voces que configuran parte de esta corriente que vincula feminismo y descolonialidad.”

Out of place: interrogating silences in queerness/raciality

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Adi Kuntsman and Esperanza Miyake (ed.)
Raw Nerve Books, 2008

Out of Place asks daring and timely questions about the silence at the heart of queer studies. Discussing ‘race’ alongside ‘queer’ often submerges raciality within queerness, leaving racialised groups silent and silenced -‘out of place’. Out of Place creates a space where queerness/raciality are brought together in creative tension to disturb these silences: to hear the invisible, to see the inaudible.

Out of Place takes the reader through an inspiring, illuminating and at times painful journey. The book explores queerness/raciality in the context of the ‘war on terror'; corporeal and social practices in and of space;relations between visibility and politics; and cultural, literary, linguistic and theoretical mechanisms of translation. The papers in Out of Place cut across academic theory, arts, activism, the media and everyday life. All the contributors to Out of Place address queerness/ raciality as a theoretical and political tool to analyse and challenge their own fields, epistemologies and ontologies. This groundbreaking and fascinating book is not just about what happens at the intersection of ‘queer’ and ‘race’, but also about how this intersection relates to and animates other aspects of life.

Critique de la raison nègre

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Achille Mbembe
La Découverte. Collection : Cahiers libres, 2013

De tous les humains, le Nègre est le seul dont la chair fut faite marchandise. Au demeurant, le Nègre et la race n’ont jamais fait qu’un dans l’imaginaire des sociétés européennes. Depuis le XVIIIe siècle, ils ont constitué, ensemble, le sous-sol inavoué et souvent nié à partir duquel le projet moderne de connaissance – mais aussi de gouvernement – s’est déployé. La relégation de l’Europe au rang d’une simple province du monde signera-t-elle l’extinction du racisme, avec la dissolution de l’un de ses signifiants majeurs, le Nègre ? Ou au contraire, une fois cette figure historique dissoute, deviendrons-nous tous les Nègres du nouveau racisme que fabriquent à l’échelle planétaire les politiques néolibérales et sécuritaires, les nouvelles guerres d’occupation et de prédation, et les pratiques de zonage?Dans cet essai à la fois érudit et iconoclaste, Achille Mbembe engage une réflexion critique indispensable pour répondre à la principale question sur le monde de notre temps : comment penser la différence et la vie, le semblable et le dissemblable?

Necropolitics, Racialization, and Global Capitalism

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Historicization of Biopolitics and Forensics of Politics, Art, and Life
Marina Gržinić and Šefik Tatlić
Lexington books, 2014

This book argues that necropolitics are a dominant, yet obscene, form of politics that sustains contemporary racism (racialization) as a primal ideology of global capitalism and connects globalization and its modernist narratives directly with colonialism. The book is important for those—and this means almost all of us—working with relations of modes of life and global capitalism and with articulations of political and epistemological principles onto which capitalism organizes its reproduction […]

Dutch Racism

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Philomena Essed and Isabel Hoving (eds.)

Dutch Racism is the first comprehensive study of its kind. The approach is unique, not comparative but relational, in unraveling the legacy of racism in the Netherlands and the (former) colonies. Authors contribute to identifying the complex ways in which racism operates in and beyond the national borders, shaped by European and global influences, and intersecting with other systems of domination. Contrary to common sense beliefs it appears that old-fashioned biological notions of “race” never disappeared. At the same time the Netherlands echoes, if not leads, a wider European trend, where offensive statements about Muslims are an everyday phenomenon. Dutch Racism challenges readers to question what happens when the moral rejection of racism looses ground […]

Biko: A Biography

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by Xolela Mangcu

The first comprehensive biography of an exceptional and inspirational leader who changed South African history. As leading anti-apartheid activist and thinker, Biko created Black Consciousness, which has resonance to this day. His death by torture, at the hands of the police, robbed South Africa of one of its most gifted leaders. Biko’s intellectual legacy cannot be overestimated.[…]

Reclaiming Afrikan. Queer Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Identities

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Zethu Matebeni (eds.)

A collection of essays and images, Scholarly archival and critical work.

Reclaiming Afrikan: Queer Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Identities is a collaboration and collection of art, photography and critical essays interrogating the meanings and everyday practices of queer life in Africa today. In Reclaiming Afrikan authors, activists and artists from Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa offer fresh perspectives on queer life; how gender and sexuality can be understood in Africa as ways of reclaiming identities in the continent. Africa is known to be harsh towards people with non-conforming genders and sexual identities. It is within this framework that Reclaiming Afrikan exists to respond to such violations and to offer alternative ways of thinking and being in the continent. The book appropriates “Afrika” and “queer” to affirm sexual identities that are ordinarily shamed and violated by prejudice and hatred. The use of “k” in Afrika signals an appropriation of an identity and belonging that is always detached from a “queer” person. “Queer” in this book is understood as an inquiry into the present, as a critical space that pushes the boundaries of what is embraced as normative. The artists and authors included in this text are “queer” themselves and occupy spaces that speak back to hegemony. For many, this position challenges various norms on gender, sexuality, and existence and offers a subversive way of being.

Queer African Reader

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Sokari Ekine, Hakima Abbas (Eds.)

As increasing homophobia and transphobia across Africa threatens to silence the voices of African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people, the Queer African Reader brings together a collection of writings, analysis and artistic works that engage with the struggle for LGBTI liberation and inform sexual orientation and gender variance.

The book aims to engage a primarily African audience and focuses on intersectionality while including experiences from a variety of contexts including rural communities, from exile, from conflict and post-conflict situations as well as diverse religious and cultural contexts. Contributions from across the continent explore issues such as identity, tactics for activism, international solidarity, homophobia and global politics, intersections with the broader social justice movement in Africa, the feminist movement and LGBTI rights, religion and culture, reconciling the personal with the political.