Australia-India Institute Book Launch: New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times

The Australia-India Institute will host a launch for the publication New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times on Tuesday 12 December. Registration is required to attend.

The book launch will be followed by a panel discussion with Dianne Otto, Pawan Singh, Mridula Nath Chakraborty and Oishik Sircar. 

About the book: 

In the last 15 years, queer movements in many parts of the world have helped secure the rights of queer people. These moments have been accompanied by the brutal rise of crony capitalism, the violent consequences of the ‘war on terror’, the hyper-juridification of politics, the financialization/managerialization of social movements and the medicalization of non-heteronormative identities/practices. How do we critically read the celebratory global proliferation of queer rights in these neoliberal times?

This book responds to the complicated moment in the history of queer struggles by analysing laws, state policies and cultures of activism, to show how new intimacies between queer sexuality and neoliberalism that celebrate modernity and the birth of the liberated sexual citizen, are in fact, reproducing the old colonial desire of civilizing the native. By paying particular attention to the problematics of race, religion and class, this volume engages in a rigorous, self-reflexive critique of global queer politics and its engagements, confrontations, and negotiations with modernity and its investments in liberalism, legalism and militarism, with the objective of queering the ethics of our queer politics.

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