RoundtableMultiSession Queer Souths, Part 3: The Queer U.S. South and Southward: A Comparative Roundtable on Histories of LGBT Activism

AHA Session 121
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History 7
Friday, January 4, 2013: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Balcony J (New Orleans Marriott)
Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois at Chicago

Session Abstract

While histories of the LGBTQ U.S. South have continued to expand and deepen since John Howard’s groundbreaking Men Like That  (1999), they have tended to remain bound within regional and national frames. By reorienting transnationally, however, new approaches suggest wider circuits of desire, mobility, discipline, and belonging. Moreover, comparative analyses suggest unexpected resonances across South American and U.S. Southern contexts—as well as crucial differences. This roundtable looks at the queer activism in the U.S. South through transnational and comparative lenses with South America, considering linkages, divergences, and the creative and critical possibilities such scholarship opens up.

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