In keeping with the tradition of the City University, the City University Graduate Center and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, THE HOMONATIONALISM AND PINKWASHING CONFERENCE (#homoconf) is a pioneering, historic event, uniting a uniquely diverse array of speakers from many countries, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, ages, communities, universities, and academic fields in discussion around a new arena of thought. The dynamic outpouring of interest from scholars of all racial, cultural and religious backgrounds reveals that Homonationalism and Pinkwashing are pressing, urgent and inspiring topics of academic work internationally. This conference, which sold out six months before its date, is already significant, respected and pioneering in burgeoning arenas of academic study and inquiry.
WHAT IS HOMONATIONALISM?
Homonationalism is a term coined by Professor Jasbir Puar of Rutgers University to describe a recent global phenomenon of great interest to scholars. Homonationalism occurs when sub-sectors of specific gay communities achieve legal parity with heterosexuals and then embrace racial and religious supremacy ideologies. The most obvious examples are in the Netherlands, Britain and Germany where white gays, most often males, increasingly join racist movements against immigrants and immigrations, especially from Muslim countries. However, Homonationalism is increasingly present in Nationalist ideologies across the globe, as secular right-wing forces increasingly leave anti-gay politics to organized religion.
These are significant changes in the positioning of white gays in relationship to supremacy ideologies and are necessary to study in order to have a realistic understanding of how vastly different conditions for LGBT people are globally, based on race, religion, gender and geography.
WHAT IS PINKWASHING?
Pinkwashing is a practice by which a government points to or exaggerates gay rights in order to present itself as progressive. Because LGBT people have been at the bottom of society for so long, many people mistakenly see some forms of “gay rights” (gay pride parades, gay people participating in military service, etc.) as an emblem of modernity. However because of Homonationalism and the shifting position of gay people this is no longer an accurate measure of social advancement. In some places where Homonationalism is active, gay people of the dominant racial or religious demographic may actually have far more secure social rights and political power than subordinate racial and religious communities, which of course themselves include LGBT people. This practice of obscuring or “whitewashing” racial or religious oppression with claims of “gay rights” is called PINKWASHING. Pinkwashing is of profound and engaged interest to scholars around the world who are interested in social justice and LGBT studies.
DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR CONFERENCE
The HOMONATIONALISM AND PINKWASING CONFERENCE promises to be one of the most diverse conferences in the history of LGBT studies, with broad participation across nationality, religion, race, gender and geography. Here are some examples of the diversity of experience that will be heard:
–189 speakers will be presenting at the conference
–Featuring some of the most distinguished academics in the United States and beyond, including:
Dr. Julia Creet (York University, Canada)
Dr. Lisa Duggan (New York University)
Dr. Roderick Ferguson (University of Minnesota)
Dr. David Gerstner (City University of New York, College of Staten Island)
Dr. Gayatri Gopinath (New York University)
Dr. Aeyel Gross (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Dr. Alexandra Juhasz (Pitzer College)
Dr. Samantha King (Queen’s University, Canada)
Dr. Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Scott Morgensen (Queen’s University, Canada)
Dr. Tavia Nyong’o (New York University)
Dr. Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University)
Dr. Jafari Sinclair Allen (Yale University)
Prof. Dean Spade (Seattle University School of Law)
Dr. Robert Tobin (Clark University)
Dr. John Treat (Yale University)
Dr. Patricia White (Swarthmore College)
–Other schools being represented: Bryn Mawr, Arizona State, University of Toronto, Yale School of Architecture, Harvard Kennedy School, Syracuse, University of British Columbia, Marquette, University of California Davis, CUNY Graduate Center, College of Staten Island, Concordia, Columbia University, University of Texas, The New School, University of Alberta, Williams College, Oregon State, McMaster, University of Warwick, University of Berlin, University of Mains, McGill, University of California Riverside, Fairleigh Dickenson University, Northwestern, Indiana University, Wesleyan, University of Iowa, University of Chicago, UCLA, Kingsborough Community, University of Wisconsin, as well as the United Nations Development Program.
–The following countries will be subjects of presentations:
Iran, Lithuania, Poland, Italy, Greece, France, Canada, India, The United States, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, South Africa, Cyprus, Serbia, Cherokee Nation, Bulgaria, Uganda, Brazil, Malaysia, Norway, Germany, Chile, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, Pakistan, Taiwan, Phillipines,
CLAGS offers this program with pride, excitement and the certainty that this conference will be remembered as an historic event in the development of global discourses and will shine bright on the reputations of the Graduate Center and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies as institutions committed to the most advanced and dynamic work in global academia.