"FABULOSITY: MESSY NARRATIVES OF QUEER PATHOS AND EXUBERANCE"

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As part of the Social Justice Institute Noted Scholars Lecture Series at the University of British Columbia:

Dr. Martin Manalansan, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Oct 21, 12-1pm
Green College, Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Road, UBC

ABSTRACT: This talk is part of a longer study of queer dwelling and mess and is an investigation of stories, moments, gestures, images and atmospheres of the “fabulous” set against sites and lives of desperation, suffering, and precarity. Focusing on the lives of six working class undocumented queer immigrants of color living in a small household in New York City, this presentation limns the infra-ordinary performances of exuberance as these frictively glide through the grit and grime of economic, political and cultural struggles of working class queers who are unable to attain social recognition and citizenship in a burgeoning mainstreaming LGBT community. This work is a meditation on persistent issues and tensions in queer studies: complicity vs. resistance; normativity vs. antinormativity; death vs. aliveness; suffering vs. happiness.

Co-sponsored by the UBC Philippine Studies Series.

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