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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Europäische Ethnologie | Termine | Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Institutskolloquium im Wintersemester 2018/19

Wann 05.02.2019 von 14:00 bis 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Raum 0007

Beyond Swamps: Mess as Politics, Mess as Resistance

Martin F. Manalansan IV (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)


This presentation looks at the political implications about my framework of queer as mess as it speaks to the current political climate in America. In particular, the recent conjunction of Trumpian idea of the political swamp in Washington D. C. and the immensely popular premiere of the television of Marie Kondo who is a Japanese professional organizer and who has branded a particular form of domestic ideology around decluterring and cleaning up. What is the politics of decluterring, cleaning up, draining, and discarding in contemporary America? How does a framework that posits queer as mess be a potential vantage for political thought and action?


Martin F. Manalansan is Associate Professor at the Department of American Studies, University of Minnesota. His research focuses on queer migrants, sexuality and gender, race and ethnicity, immigration and globalization. He is specifically interested in the provisional, the unpredictable and the serendipitous. Martin Manalansan is the author of the widely acclaimed book „Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora“ (2003) as well as a co-editor of the special issue of the "Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies" with the title „Queering the Middle: Race, Region, and a Queer Midwest" (2014).


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