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AT: Black Queerness

Black Queerness necessitates presence of a black queer subject – their representations and theoretical defense of black queerness always fails

Gill Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies @ UT-Austin 2012 Lyndon K. “Situating Black, Situating Queer: Black Queer Diaspora Studies and the Art of Embodied Listening” Transforming Anthropology 20.1 EBSCO

If a Black queer diasporic consciousness encourages the kinds of perspectival shifts that permit different visions of queer possibility to emerge from the impermanent places Black queer people inhabit and the fertile impermanence that inhabits Black queerness, then it must not be satisfied with discursive treatments of Black queer subjects, Black queer subjectivity or even the juridical, moral and theoretical contexts in which Black queers find themselves. Black queer diaspora studies remains incomplete without the appearance of Black queers not simply as representational abstractions, but as situated, speaking subjects.4 This praxis of Black queer presence is intended to insistently foreground the material reality, quotidian experiences and cultural products of Black queer peoples. Anthropologist Gloria Wekker has offered her work as a call for rooted, contextconscious analyses of Black diasporic same-sex community (as well as sexual practices) that do not trample blossoming specificities in the haste to cultivate a haphazard global same-sex sexuality. And this call is at once part of a delicate symbiosis between a critique of transnational sexuality studies and a desire to elaborate a very specifically situated sexual subjectivity. As Wekker explains, attending to this subjecthood demands that one listen closely:

One possible fruitful way to open windows to local conceptions of personhood is to listen carefully to what people have to say about themselves and what terms they use to make these statements. Collecting and studying a contextualized lexicon of the self can provide an understanding of the ways subjectivity is locally conceptualized. [Wekker 1997:333]

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