Beauchamp’s "Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices" accomplishes the best of what we imagine theory to be good for – making sense of our everyday experiences, grounding personal interactions with the state in histories of structural oppression, and illuminating the broader context of our banal negotiations between dignity, resilience, convenience, resistance, politics-in-practice, and privilege.
In Brazil’s volatile and multifaceted political conjuncture – which began with a crisis of the PT project in the early 2010s, moved through the center-right’s shady aspirations to power and culminated in the election of an openly anti-democratic president (see Part I) – territorial struggles have played a key role.
I perceived Ivonete Aparecida Alves’ introduction as “bold” because it used the predominantly white space of an academic conference to counter racist and sexist exclusion. Moreover, it countered the current attack on subjugated knowledges by the new government, which has announced that Paulo Freire’s legacy will be “purged” from curricula (even though it is not even really there).
To help re-direct our attention towards progressive ways of world-making, this three-part essay therefore discusses some of the affective dynamics that have unfolded on the political left in the Brazilian context. My focus, especially in the second part of this essay, is on the connection between affect and territoriality. I pick up here on the discussion of território and territorialidade in Brazilian geography, where these terms, as in other Romance languages, denote not only politically demarcated areas, but also pieces of the world that are inhabited and agentially shaped through everyday practice.
"Matters of Care" is a book about re-imagining posthumanist research and ecological ethics in a world under crisis. To explore these questions, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa frames the idea of care as a situated and committed form of speculation that simultaneously works to sustain the world we live in and opens it up to new constituencies and political stakes.
Guest editors Max Andrucki, Caitlin Henry, Will Mckeithen, and Sarah Stinard-kiel present a forum that attempts to call for a “sideways” approach to more-than-capitalist life in the making (Gibson-Graham, 1996)—one that queerly challenges the ontological underpinnings of these binaries themselves by moving across and beyond easy categorization. The papers in this forum will thereby trouble three overarching binaries that are explicitly or implicitly reproduced through social reproduction literature: labor and care, the human and the non-human, and the heteronormative sex/gender binary.
Writing with care and fierce determination, and drawing on an archive of suicide notes, AIDS activist histories, surveillance tapes, and prison interviews as well as a wide array of anti-racist, anti-colonial, queer and trans scholarship, Stanley precisely and compellingly analyses the ways in which advances in LGBTQ rights in the US have perpetuated rather than ameliorated an ‘atmosphere of violence.’
Through discussion of archival and documentary evidence as well as ethnographic material on gender reassignment surgery in Thailand, Aizura brilliantly and beautifully lays out the importance of thinking transness through the lens of mobility and motility, while “tak[ing] seriously how travel and mobility themselves are concepts freighted with the history of global and transnational travel and its representation: colonial and imperial exploration and settlement and migration by sea, land, and air” (2018: 3).
Grounded in Beam’s experiences of frontline work and careful inquiry into the history and political economy of LGBTQ nonprofits in Chicago and Minneapolis, this book offers a persuasive indictment of the nonprofit form, as well as a deeply felt mediation on how savvy grassroots organizers struggle with its constraints.
We explore the implications of Lewis' argument that confronting unjust aspects of the surrogate industry requires not simple opposition to its technologies, but rather an abolition of the hetero-patriarchal private capitalist form in which surrogacy is embedded.
A House of Prayer for All People by David K. Seitz is based on nearly three years of ethnographic fieldwork in a large, predominantly LGBT and evangelical Christian church located in Toronto, Canada.
The recipient of the Organization of American Historians’ 2017 David Montgomery Award for the best book on a topic in U.S. labor and working-class history, Deregulating Desire offers an empirically rich and beautifully written account of the politics of gender, sexuality and race in late 20th-century U.S. flight attendant organizing.
This review forum stems from an author-meets-critics session on Timothy Stewart-Winter’s Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics, organized by David K. Seitz. The session was held at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco.
This is a sympathetic and strong critique of the field that spans theory, empirical research, and personal experience to make sense of what it means to be trans in geography, what trans geographies offer critical geographies, and to propel forward a trans* radical geographical imagination.
This essay makes a two-fold argument. First, that in failing its trans constituents, the discipline of geography falls short of its ethical, intellectual, and imaginative commitments. Second, that the task of developing a concept of space adequate to the diversity of trans experience offers an opportunity to tackle long-standing tensions in the discipline.
As a discipline, geography holds potential in interrogating the notion of belonging, and identifying the consequences of routine violence and unbelonging. However, geography’s nature as a cis discipline seriously calls into question the effectiveness of this potential.
This article investigates what the double life of Apitatán’s mural reveals about the politics of visibility in Quito at a critical moment of consolidating political rights for the country’s LGBTQ community.
Writings that critically engage the ongoing conditions of coloniality and its effects. Entries in this section may also speculate on intellectual, political and organizational tactics that work to resist coloniality, colonization and colonialism’s effects in the present.
Examines the evolving social, ecological, cultural and geopolitical impacts of energy systems and resource extraction, with particular emphasis on the spatial relationships that structure the extraction, production, distribution and consumption of energy and other natural resources and raw materials
Chronicles past, present, and potential impacts of technoscientific development on the production of space. Provides critical looks into how scientific disciplines and industries influence how we analyze, categorize, experience, interpret, navigate, and represent that which we call space.
Investigates the spatial implications of the mass production, consumption, and disposal of digital media. Core areas of study include the environmental impacts, industrial landscapes, infrastructures, political transformations, social activities, and subjectivities particular to the digital age.
Charts the role that maps and various other forms of geo-visualisation play in the production of space. Offers a critical forum for investigating older modes of cartographic representation as well as newer approaches to big data and the politics of algorithmic and other data-driven processes.
Investigates relations between policing (narrowly and broadly understood), incarceration, and the production of space and spatial knowledge. Borders, criminalized neighborhoods, detention centers, heavily securitized areas, internment camps, jails, prisons, rendition sites, and the spatial relations that they rely on and produce are explored as sites of power and subversion.