Book Launch: Erotic Cartographies: Decolonization and the Queer Caribbean Imagination

Event Date(s): 25/02/2022

The Institute for Gender and Development Studies invites you to attend the Book Launch of Erotic Cartographies: Decolonization and the Queer Caribbean Imagination authored by Krystal Nandini Ghisyawan, which will take place on Friday 25th February, 2022 at 6:00pm AST.

Platform: Zoom

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LiWFHH4ZTu-P_GxMU0Q75w

For more information, view the Facebook event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/262705095943547/  or contact IGDS Tel: 662 2002 Ext 83573/83577  

EROTIC CARTOGRAPHIES uses subjective mapping, a participatory data collection technique, to demonstrate how Trinidadian same-sex-loving women use their gender performance, erotic autonomy, and space-making practices to reinforce and resist colonial ascriptions on subject bodies. The women strategically embody their sexual identities to challenge imposed subject categories and to contest their invisibility and exclusion from discourses of belonging. Erotic Cartographies refers to the processes of mapping territories of self-knowing and self-expression, both cognitively in the imagination and on paper during the mapping exercise, exploring how meaning is given to space, and how it is transformed. Using the women’s quotes and maps, the book focuses on the false binary of public-private, the practices of home and family, and religious nationalism and spiritual self-seeking, to demonstrate the women’s challenges to the structural, symbolic, and interpersonal violence of colonial discourses and practices related to gender, knowledge, and power in Trinidadian society.

KRYSTAL NANDINI GHISYAWAN is an independent Indo-Trinidadian queer scholar, educator, and activist currently living in Lawrenceville, Georgia. 

Open to: | General Public |