Martin Manalansan (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
September 15, 4:30pm, WLH 309
Queer Domesticity in the Time of Insecurity
How do we engage with queer modes of life that are exiled from the secure and triumphant LGBT contemporary moment? How do we confront wobbly quotidian trajectories, messy entanglements, uncomfortable socialities, and awkward vulnerabilities? Engaging with the infra-ordinary experiences of a handful of undocumented queer immigrants of color, this presentation rethinks the idea of refuge, domesticity and dwelling in an era and world devoid of welcoming sanctuaries and stable shelters. This presentation limns the possibilities of a critical understanding of remaindered lives without descending into and wallowing under necro-centric aesthetics and thanatophilic musings. As such, this presentation is a lively confrontation with longings, musings, and aspirations as fuel f0or an alternative politics of care, community, and transformation.
Lisa Nakamura (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Lisa Yoneyama (University of Toronto)