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Fabulosity and Precarity

FABULOSITY AND PRECARITY:
QUEER EMBODIED STRUGGLES IN THE QUOTIDIAN LIVES OF IMMIGRANTS

Monday, April 2nd, 4:00pm
4237 Science Center Room

What does it mean to dwell in precarity? What are the intersecting lines that productively suture queerness, illegality, and intimacy? This presentation explores the various theoretical and methodological issues around a study of queer undocumented immigrants in the early 21st century. Focusing on the body as the vehicle for mobilizing emotional, sensual and cultural engagements with a hostile neoliberal world, the argument pivots around the  ways in which embodied knowledge encodes and orients the violence and pleasures of racial, sexual, gender, and class (un)belongings. Deploying phenomenological/affective theoretical approaches to recent ethnographic fieldwork in New York City among a group of queer undocumented immigrants of color, these lectures and discussions will attempt to give “flesh” to bare life and hopefully, to provide ethical traction to queer suffering in contemporary times.

Prof. Manalansan’s work interrogates sexuality, gender, race, and neoliberalism through ethnographies of queer communities of color in New York.  His work in particular looks at identity formation about Filipino queer subjects in New York.

Co-sponsored by: Sociology Department, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, LGBTQI Life, Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs