10 Feb 2022 17:00 - 19:00 Online


An event organised by the Global Conversations Towards Queer Social Justice research network.

Theme 3: Queer in conflict

Thousands of American boys had died to make the world safe for democracy, even though my family and I couldn’t be served ice cream in Washington, DC.
(Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, 2018 [1982], p. 100.)


Reading and discussion group

In this reading and discussion group with Dr Sa’ed Atshan and Dr Jamie J. Hagen, we will ask how queerness and conflict can be thought together in different contexts. How can we think about war and conflict with queer lenses? What possibilities emerge when we uncover power dynamics in conflictual settings that render queer lives irrelevant and/or unintelligible? What novel forms of praxis, thinking, and imagination can be brought about by locating queer subjects and subjectivities at the core of discussions around conflict? How can we reconceptualise peace and conflict through a queer analysis? Seeking answers to these questions, we will discuss the texts below with their authors.

Recommended readings

  • Atshan, Sa’ed. (2020). Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique. Stanford: Stanford University Press. [Introduction & Chapter 1 & Chapter 5]
  • Hagen, Jamie J. (2016). ‘Queering women, peace and security’. International Affairs (London), 92(2), 313-332.

Photography exhibition by Ciwan Veysel

An online exhibition by Ciwan Veysel took place in February and March 2022.


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