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Global Migration Seminar: The "Right" Kind of Queer

Research profile seminar

The "right" kind of queer - Racialised grids of intelligibility in the context of Swedish gender exceptionalism

Migration debates increasingly feature LGBTQ people, particularly those racialised as non-white and/or Muslim as markers of progressive 'Westernness', constructed in opposition to intolerant and dangerous 'Others'.

In the Swedish context, notions of so-called 'gender exceptionalism' cast Sweden as exceptionally progressive with regard to gender equality and LGBT rights, a particularly good place to be queer in.

However, in order to be included into the protective national fold, one has to perform the "right" (that is, recognisable) kind of queerness.

This presentation examines some of the boundaries of this "right kind of queerness" through grids of intelligibility around sexuality, gender identity and race as they materialise in everyday experiences of living in Sweden while being queer and racialised as non-white and/or Muslim.

Katharina Kehl is a doctoral student at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.
Her research focuses on questions of gender, sexuality and migration, and the othering of groups and individuals along these lines.

In her dissertation, she looks at the ways in which gender and sexuality are being used in European migration discourses to selectively include and exclude minorities, and the implication this has for LGBTQIA* people, those who are racialised, and queer-feminist movements.

Lecturer: Katharina Kehl, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Date: 12/11/2019

Time: 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Categories: Interdisciplinary, Equal value & equal opportunities, Genusvetenskap, Kulturstudier, Social Sciences , Diversity

Organizer: Centre on Global Migration

Location: Annedalseminariet, Seminariegatan 1 A
Room 527

Contact person: Centrum för Global Migration

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