Queeribbean

 
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Queeribbean is an emerging theory in the fields of Queer and Ethnic Studies that explores the lives of LGBTQIA+ Caribbean people in the various islands and territories and their subsequent diasporic/transnational communities. The portmanteau serves as both personal identity marker and descriptor of the places and spaces inhabited by LGBTQIA+ Caribbeans.

This interactive 90-minute presentation introduces participants to islands from the English, Dutch, Spanish, and French speaking Caribbean through an examination of religious affiliation, societal construction, and legislation. Comprised of three major sections, this workshop:

  1. Provides an overview of introductory language and terminology that establishes the framework used throughout the workshop

  2. Moves into a discussion on “Queeribbean Linguistics & Intersections,” where we discuss the discursive formations for grammar surrounding queer identity in the Caribbean

  3. Ends with a discussion on “the Grievances of the Queeribbean” which offers us a chance to hear the voices of queer and trans Caribbean youth and look towards opportunities for greater ethical solidarity in both domestic and international contexts

Watch a brief excerpt of the presentation!

Complex histories of conquest and colonization weave histories that produce separate discourses on the foundation of the islands, whether they are separated by colonizer, the colonizing language, or the set of ideological systems that transferred over to the island in its Eurocentric conception. One of the common issues that permeate the narratives told in the works of queer Caribbean scholars is that of hegemonic systems of heteronormativity and heteropatriarchy.

This workshop invites you to struggle with the countless other Queeribbeans in search of the dialectic on how queerness is influenced by language and etymology (eg. the lack of words for queer persons in the Haitian Creole), how the creation of language limits/expands the universe of queerness in relation to the Caribbean, and how machismo culture is counter-intuitive to how Latino societies function.