15/04/2022 | Writer: Kaos GL

“To me, identity is not an innocent description; identity is a regime, a normative regime at that. I want to radically reconfigure what “identity” means”

Meet Feminist Forum speakers: Marquis Bey Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+

Kaos GL’s 10th International Feminist Forum will be held under the title “The end of the world as we know it – New Alliances” at 16-17 April.

One of the speakers of the forum is Marquis Bey. Marquis Bey is professor of African American Studies, English, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Critical Theory at Northwestern University. Bey's work focuses on black feminist theory, transgender and nonbinary studies, abolition, and contemporary literature. Bey is the author of the recently published book Black Trans Feminism, and the forthcoming Cistem Failure: Essays on Blackness and Cisgender, both published with Duke University Press.

“To me, identity is not an innocent description; identity is a regime, a normative regime at that. I want to radically reconfigure what “identity” means, and this desire is motivated by an understanding of identity as resting on an assumptive coherence, knowability, and nonporousness, all of which are regulated, normative regimes of legibility and stability. This disallows so much that we might be or could have been. Which is one of the reasons why I mobilize, in all realms, abolition: it is because various identities — race, gender, sexuality, etc. — all foreclose what we might have been but for these notions of race, gender, and sexuality. In other words, it is not that one simply is a certain race or gender; those things are impositions, “imposed ontologies,” as Fred Moten would say, and as such they circumscribe us ontologically from the jump. We are not permitted to appear or exist without them; who we could have been is already, from the outset, curtailed.”

Please register to participate.

16 April

18:30-19:10

Opening Speech

Aylime Aslı Demir & Dr. Mühdan Sağlam

19:10-20:20

Olena Shevchenko

Insight LGBTQ NGO from Kyiv Ukraine

Dragana Todorovic 

Lesbians for Refugees of EL*C 

20:35-21:30

Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy

Ray Acheson

17 April 

18:30-19:00

Opening Speech

Trapped in the Wrong Theory

Prof. Dr. Talia Mae Bettcher

19:00-20:10

TERF wars: An introduction

Dr S. Erikainen

20:20- 21:30

Giving an Account of Black Trans Feminist Radicalism

Prof. Dr. Marquis Bey


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