Monday 13 May 2019 (17h-19h): Sandeep Bakshi (Université Paris Diderot, room 340 in the Olympe de Gouges buidling), “Decolonial interrogations of the queer canon”. Respondent Ladan Niayesh (Université paris Diderot)
Drawing upon decolonial formulation of ‘enunciation’ and ‘cultural practices’, this paper gestures towards the development of a decolonial reading of queerness. The move away from Eurocentric enunciation and repetition of knowledge and intellectual practice is salutary with a view to engaging with the pluriversal ways of being in our world(s). The move towards non-Eurocentric articulation has the potential to delink the (now untenable) attachment of white male heteronormativity to knowledge and that of “its others” to culture and cultural practices, something which can be analysed, represented or worse studied.
The key focus of the paper is the crossing of queer and decolonial thinking. In a double bind, therefore, this presentation seeks to understand what alternative and/or transformative meanings emerge when queer-of-colour disidentificatory/diasporic practices are made to bear upon the organisation of queer canons. With specific reference to the oeuvre of the trans-artist, Raju Rage (UK), it will turn to enabling readings of decoloniality through their work on transgender of colour frames, diasporas and colonial legacies, and attempt to link theoretical conceptualisation to embodiment/inhabitation of queerness.
Sandeep Bakshi is Lecturer in English at the University of Paris Denis-Diderot, France. He is the co-editor of Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions (Oxford: Counterpress, 2016) with Suhraiya Jivraj and Silvia Posocco. Addressing the inter-connections of decolonial and queer thinking, his current research engages with problematics of race and queerness in postcolonial literatures and transnational decolonial enunciation of knowledge.