Chicana-Chicano Studies

Guest Lecture: Queer Necropolitics: Everyday Death Worlds and Shifting Domains of Struggle

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

MZ 240

New location. Moved from JR 153 to MZ 240.

Queer Necropolitics brings into focus regimes of attribution of liveliness and deadliness of subjects, bodies, communities and populations and their instantiation through performatives of gender, sexuality and kinship, as well as through processes of confinement, removal and exhaustion. In this talk, Dr. Posocco explores these arguments and includes a discussion of the queer necropolitical dimensions of her ethnographic research on transnational adoption circuits in Guatemala. She aims to foreground how normativity, value and disposability connect to the symbiotic co-constitution of queer subjects folded into life, and queerly abjected racialized populations marked for death.  In turn, she explores how the distinction between ‘war’ and ‘peace’ may be said to dissolve in the face of the banality of death in the zones of abandonment that regularly accompany contemporary democratic regimes.