Rahul K Gairola
Each colloquium examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. A list of topics is available from the CHID office.
Queering Home: Race/ Class/ Sexuality in a Transnational Frame This course will examine the intersections of race, class, and sexuality as they are constellated around rhetorics of inclusion and exclusion in the conceptualization of "home." We will read well-known texts of queer theory, and also discuss their shortcomings (like the elision of race and class). Using these shortcomings as bridges to ask critical questions, we shall seek to track the ways in which queer peoples of color, at various cultural sites, have produced cultural texts in the wake of decolonization that evince resistance against hegemonic discourses of exclusion. In other words, we shall look at how queer people of color in particular re-shape the notion of "home" as a strategy for resisting exclusionary rhetorics that surface after World War II and extend imperialist logic. These cultural producers, primarily of the African and Asian diasporas, give us ways to re-imagine "home" and spaces for belonging that are anti-capitalist, anti-racist, and non-heteronormative.
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