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#PotW: Homophobias, human rights and social change in the French and British Caribbean

When: Thursday 23 March 2017, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Who: Institute of Latin American Studies
Where: Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Speaker: Professor David Murray, York University, Toronto

The goal of this presentation is to engage with key concepts in sexual minority discrimination and rights talk occurring in transnational contexts. It will use ethnographic examples from Barbados and Martinique to challenge assumptions of the uniformity and translatability of LGBT rights as a primary response to homophobia in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean region is often characterised as uniformly homophobic and LGBT rights are often claimed by governmental and non-governmental organisations as the conduit through which change can be effected.  What happens when we question assumptions about the meaning of homophobia and the effects of imposing this term on dispersed and diverse societies?  How might we also constructively question rights as a universal strategy through which to change local laws, beliefs and practices? The goal of this presentation is to critically engage with key concepts in sexual minority discrimination and rights talk occurring in transnational contexts, utilising ethnographic examples from Barbados and Martinique in order to challenge assumptions of the uniformity and translatability of LGBT rights as a primary response to homophobia in the Caribbean.

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For any queries relating to this event, or for additional information, please email Olga Jimenez

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