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.


Introduction: Adi Kuntsman and Esperanza Miyake

Part I Queerness/raciality and the ‘war on terror’

Jasbir Puar: Homonationalism and Biopolitics

Jin Haritaworn, with Tamsila Tauqir and Esra Erdem: Gay Imperialism: Gender and Sexuality Discourse in the ‘war on terror’

Adi Kuntsman: Genealogies of Hate, Metonymies of violence: Immigration, Homophobia, Homopatriotism

Part II Embodying spaces of queerness/raciality

Esperanza Miyake: The Voice of Silence: Interrogating the Sound of Queerness/Raciality

Nina Held and Tara Leach: ‘What Are You Doing Here?': The ‘Look’ and (Non) Belongings of Racialised Bodies in Sexualised Space

Thomas Viola Rieske: Un/Staging White Beauty

Part III Visualising queerness/raciality

Carmen Vazquez: Voice and Visibility: Looking Up At the Stars

Miriam Strube: Of Baggy Monsters and Beautiful Women: Homonormativity and The L Word

Part IV Translating languages of queerness/raciality

Aniruddha Dutta: Narratives of Access and Exclusion: Nationhood, Class and Queerness in the Indian English-Language Press

Maria Amelia Viteri: Out of Place: Translations of ‘Race’, Ethnicity, Sexuality and Citizenship in Washington, D.C and San Salvador, El Salvador

Umut Erel, Jin Haritaworn, Encarnación Gutíerrez Rodríguez and Christian Klesse: On the Depoliticisation of Intersectionality Talk: Conceptualising Multiple Oppressions in Critical Sexuality Studies

Afterword: Adi Kuntsman and Esperanza Miyake