Queer Globalization/Local Homosexualities

On April 23-25, CLAGS. will present Queer Globalization/Local Homosexualities: Citizenship, and the Afterlife of Colonialism, a conference funded in large part through a generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. This three-day conference will gather scholars and activists to discuss the intersections of the fields of colonial/postcolonial studies and queer studies in a contemporary climate of globalization. The conference will open with the plenary, “Globalization and Dissident Sexualities,” which will feature presentations by jacqui Alexander, Cindy Patton, Chela Sandoval, Silviano Santiago, and Wesley Thomas. The panel will be moderated by Ella Shohat. The conference will close with a discussion of the convergences and divergences of colonial/postcolonial and queer studies. Norma Alarcon, K. Anthony Appiah, Kobena Mercer, Michael Moon, Geeta Patel, and Gayatri Spivak will participate. Additional panels will address such topics as dissident sexuality and the cultures of US imperialism in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines after 1898; the transformations of sexuality and capitalism in contemporary global economies; queer film in postcolonial societies; queer travel-writing; queer performance in the Americas; comparative feminisms; sexualities and the law; sexualities and the process of modernization; queer orientalisms; comparative nationalisms and emerging identities; and metropolitan activism and postcolonial legacies. The conference committee is being chaired by CLAGS Board members Arnalda Cruz-Malave and Martin Manalansan. Other members of the planning committee include Gayatri Gopinath (Ce>lumbia University), Geeta Patel (Wellesley College), Chandan Reddy (Columbia University), and CLAGS Board members jose Esteban Munoz (New York University), Ann Pellegrini (Harvard University), and Alan Yang (Columbia University).
Arnaldo Cruz-Malave
Conference Co-Chair and CLAGS Board Member