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Area Impossible : The Geopolitics of Queer Studies, Paperback / softback Book

Area Impossible : The Geopolitics of Queer Studies Paperback / softback

Edited by Anjali R. Arondekar, Geeta H. Patel


Staging a much-needed conversation between two often-segregated fields, this issue addresses the promising future of queer and area studies as collaborative formations.

Within queer studies, the turn to geopolitics has challenged the field's logics of time, space, and culture, which have routinely been rooted in the United States.

For area studies, the focus on diaspora, forced migration, and other transnational trajectories has unmoored the geopolitical from the stability of nations as organizing concepts.

The contributors to this issue seek to imagine and broker conversations between the two fields in which "area" becomes the form through which epistemologies of empire and market are critiqued.

Histories of debt bondage; sexuality, and indentured labor; Afro-pessimism in African studies; trans theater facing obdurate transits; religion and the politics of Dalit modernity; the biopolitics of maiming: these are some of the conduits through which the authors approach a queer geopolitics. Contributors: Anjali Arondekar, Ashley Currier, Aliyah Khan, Keguro Macharia, Therese Migraine-George, Maya Mikdashi, Geeta Patel, Jasbir K.

Puar, Lucinda Ramberg, Neferti Tadiar, Diana Taylor, Ronaldo Wilson


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Regional studies
  • ISBN: 9780822368410



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