this week in contemporary feminist theory:
Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times by Jasbir K. Puar
this is probably the densest text we’ve read so far, very butler/foucault-esque. i’m finding the work very valuable and the connections are incredibly thought provoking. thinking about the assemblage of bodies and identities is the foundation on which puar builds, thinking about the comprising of terrorist/Other/third world identity through a neoliberal lens, specifically in the areas of homonormativity and homonationalism. other areas of focus: temporality and the moments of the unexpected, ‘exception’ v ‘exceptional’, ‘racialization’ as a frame for queerness, and a whole bunch more.
i haven’t finished it, but i think it’s safe to say i would recommend it.