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Maureen Maisha Auma und Katja Kinder

Knowledges of Un/Belonging: Transnational Queer Diasporic Conversations

What kinds of Knowledge (Cultural Politics, Memory Politics) do we need
to survive and thrive as Black LSBTQI* humans? We face dehumanization
and erasure daily. We carry colonial wounds and additional layers over
layers of being rendered invisible, silent and speechless. We inhabit
spaces that are antagonistic to the needs of our Black bodies, our
decolonized minds and our afrodiasporic souls. And yet it is because we
can draw on ways of knowing that have survived and architected survival
– that we move on, resilient.

This conversation seeks to draw circles of meaning around the politics
of knowledge production of Black LSBTQI* humans. Our Queer Politics, our
Black Sexual Politics, our intersectional Politics, our aesthetic
politics, our Visual Activism all nuture safer spaces. We bring
ourselves into visibility by making visible Queer histories and by
reinforcing non-conforming and gender independent traditions and ways of
knowing. Our Queer Movements are transnational, they also still happen
in unseen places, places inbetween, haunted places in which the violent
shadow of modernity is sharply present, places for which we can hardly
find words. Queer Ways of Knowing, the daily sustenance of liberatory
spaces as safeguards against dehumanization, as crucial practices of
community care, practices of forging resilience, form the bassline of
this conversation. We seek to strengthen the Queer Politics and
Decolonial Politics of the black radical imagination and of
afrofuturistic re/imaginings through speaking out even those things that
seem unspeakable.