TALK: Beyond the Romance of Community: Envisioning Queer Collectivity, Contesting Racial Capitalism
This talk begins with a review of the extensive critiques of community offered by Joseph and other scholars of critical and cultural theory. While earlier analyses focus on the racist and exclusionary implications of community, these works examine deployments of community as a supplement to capitalism and neoliberal governmentality. Meanwhile, there have been widespread efforts in critical and cultural theory to articulate visions of collectivities that would not be liable the earlier concern. Guided by José Esteban Muñoz’s rich, sophisticated, and persistent contributions to the effort to envision such alternatives, and especially queer-of-color collectivities, this presentation surveys the various theoretical resources and terms on which he drew, from publics and counterpublics to affect to commons. Finally, this presentation explores how those efforts engage the relation of the collectivity to capitalism and governance.