The multiple ways we experience, perceive and tell our sexualities is shaped by our gender, class, ethnicity, origin, age, religion and (dis)abilities, among others. Following the previous Geographies of Sexualities conferences in Brussels (2011), Lisbon (2013) and Rome (2015), the 2017 conference in Barcelona will explore the ways in which sexualities are lived and framed relationally, in intersection with other identities and at a variety of social and spatial scales. This international event will convene scholars, professionals and activists across disciplines and geographical contexts, who hold an interest in co-creating a space for open debate and discussion.
A wide range of presentations organized in 33 thematic sessions will tackle practical experiences as well as theoretical and methodological questions on topics such as global geopolitics of sexualities and local practices; the impact of LGBTIQ contemporary social movements and feminist solidarities; the role of digital social networks and media; biopolitics, medicalization and dissident identities; migration and sexualities; homonationalism, racism and xenophobia or the intersections of religion, class, age, gender and sexual identities.
The congress will begin on Wednesday, September 13, at 9 am, in a roundtable on the LGTB struggles in Catalonia, with the interventions of Gerard Coll-Planas, researcher at the University of Vic, Laia Serra, lawyer and feminist activist, Miriam Solá, researcher and feminist activist, and Judit Juanhuix, scientist and trans activist. In the final plenary, Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University) will offer the open lecture “Homonationalism in Trump Times”. Jasbir Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the association for Asian American studies.
In this lecture she will reflect on the last ten years of homonationalism and its effects. Puar is especially interested in what the Trump presidency and other right-wing governments might suggest about the successes and failures of LGBTQ human rights platforms and about the elasticity of homonationalism. She finally points out that U.S. driven queer theoretical projects need to account for the U.S. as a generator of permanent war both globally and within its own boarders.
Free registration to the final plenary session by sending an e-mail to ude.c1508476049ou@es1508476049onamo1508476049rm1508476049.