Caribbean Queer Visualities Symposium at Yale University

cqv-announcementThe Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Yale University will host the Caribbean Queer Visualities Symposium, to take place on November 14-15, 2014, at Luce Hall (at 34 Hillhouse Avenue), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Description: Our aim in this project is to reflect on, and to stimulate the production of, creative and critical work that takes seriously the emergence of heterodox personal and public identities, identities that breach or subvert or evade the heteronormativities of colonial and postcolonial modes of being and self-expression. Growing in part out of our concern about the catastrophes of sexual othering, not to say sexual violence, so rampant in the Caribbean, we wish to ask, simply, whether or to what extent “queer” offers a way of understanding the contemporary in Caribbean visual art practice, and in scholarly considerations of this practice. Why is it imperative for Caribbean cultural workers—intellectuals and artists—to think the efficacy of “queer”? What might thinking through “queer” illuminate about the contemporary in Caribbean art practice?

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]

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