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Area Impossible: Sexuality and Geopolitics Symposium

May 25, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Humanities Conference Room, Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Within queer studies, the geopolitical has posed a much-needed challenge to the spatial and temporal logics of the field (logics that often mire the field in the US), especially in the aftermath of the turn to transnationalism. Comparative literature has historically fashioned its domains outside US borders, but despite its range has remained somewhat tied to nationalist coagulations/formations.  This symposium brings together speakers who engage comparative analytical forms towards a more disruptive and capacious queer geopolitics.



Introductory remarks

Anjali Arondekar, Visiting Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, UCLA and Associate Professor, Feminist Studies, UCSC

Welcome address

David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, UCLA


Queer Coolitude/ An Indo-Caribbean Reading

Rajiv Mohabir, Assistant Professor of English, Auburn University.


Freud in Translation/ Three Essays, a Survey, and a Group

Omnia El Shakry, Professor of History, UCD

Respondent: Gil Hochberg, Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies, Columbia University


Lunch for participants


Trespassing Queer Kindship/ Temporality and the Geopolitics of Attachment

Sima Shakhsari, Assistant Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota

Respondent: Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Geography, UCLA


Coffee break

3:30 -5:00 p.m.

None Like Us/ Black Exception Black Exemption

Stephen M. Best, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

Respondent: Shana Redmond, Associate Professor, Musicology and African-American Studies, UCLA





May 25, 2018
9:30 am - 6:30 pm


Humanities Conference Room, Royce Hall 314
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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