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The Performative Power of Queer Assembly

Authors

  • Pablo Pérez Navarro Center for Social Sciences (CES) of the University of Coimbra

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21827/krisis.40.1.36972

Keywords:

Heterotopia, Protest Space, Public assembly, Queer activism, Constitutive exclusions

Abstract

This paper addresses some relations between the spatial politics of queer assemblies in spaces of protest and the constitution of collective political subjects. It does so by exploring the spatial politics of queer activism within the global Occupy movements, in the light of Judith Butler’s work on the performative power of assembly and the ambivalences of the Foucauldian concept of heterotopia. Specific challenges faced by queer activists in various encampments will be addressed in order to expose some tensions between the constitutive exclusions inherent to the constitution of spaces of protest and the processes of coalition building needed to effectively overcome those very constitutive exclusions.

Author Biography

Pablo Pérez Navarro, Center for Social Sciences (CES) of the University of Coimbra

Pablo Pérez Navarro holds a PhD in Philosophy by the University of La Laguna, Spain, and he is a researcher at the Center for Social Sciences (CES) of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He was a research visitor at the Center of Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) of the University of New York and a postdoctoral researcher at Carlos III University of Madrid.

Published

2020-12-11

How to Cite

Pérez Navarro, P. (2020). The Performative Power of Queer Assembly. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, 40(1), 165-179. https://doi.org/10.21827/krisis.40.1.36972

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