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Sexual cosmopolitans?: Queering the rise of sexual citizenship
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7271-3048
2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today the production and globalisation of sexual identities and norms is (beside other activities such as tourism, and the globalisation of cultural products etc.) distributed through international organizations, such as EU and OAS. EU and OAS use Treaties to get rights discourses implemented in member states. Treaties have become increasingly important actors in the globalization of the requirements for sexual citizenship as they produce protection and rights – and thus (following Foucault, Derrida, Butler, Kosofsky-Sedgwick and others such as Richardson) new norms, or new customary laws, or practices. EU and OAS Treaties on sexualities shapes images of a modern sexual citizen and consequently produces certain images of sexual cosmopolitans (such as a universal gay or lesbian) connoted with metropolitan modernity, progress, openness and freedom – to be compared with images of the Others undeveloped sexuality norms. The sexual cosmopolitan can and should be deconstructed.

After historicizing sexual citizenship and queering the gay and lesbian cosmopolitans as Euroamerican historical products, as well as emphasizing that the struggle for sexual rights at the same time produces sexual norms, I will move on to problematize the globalization of LGBT-rights and sexual citizenship-claims. The globalized claims can function as regulators and reconfigurations of sexuality and gender, and needs to be analyzed and de-constructed.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81486OAI: diva2:552942
Thought as Action. Gender, Democracy, Freedom. Bergen University, Norway, 16-18 August 2012.
Homo-, bisexuella och transpersoners rättigheter som Mänskliga rättigheter? En idéhistorisk studie.
Available from: 2012-09-17 Created: 2012-09-17 Last updated: 2015-06-02

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