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“Movements from Silence: Imaginative Spatialities of Lesbians “of Color” in France”: A talk with Paola Bacchetta, 5/4/07

Paola Bacchetta will address the production of transnational imaginative spatialities by lesbian “of color” subjects in France. She will engage with some of the complexities of four modalities of resistance effected with and through psychic, transgressive, directly oppositional, and transformative spacialities. These imaginative spatialities are simultaneously sites for the creation of alternative imaginaries and imaginative practices. They include the collective constitution of critical “street theories” through which the subjects conceptualize: their own historical-contextual formation, erasure and continued illegibility as subjects within dominant grids of intelligibility; their relations to a range of dominant racialized and queer subjects; and the precarious formation of alternative community. These imaginative spatialities are also, inseparably, places of imaginative practice, through the concrete, everyday configuration of transnational alternative community, activisms and artistic expressions. Paola Bacchetta is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at University of California at Berkeley. She is also Director of Beatrice Bain Research Group (BBRG), the research center for gender, sexuality and race based on the Berkeley campus. This event is organized by the IAS Global Sexualities Research Collaborative.

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