Sexuality and Translation in World Politics

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When terms such as LGBT and queer cross borders they evolve and adjust to different political thinking. Queer became kvir in Kyrgyzstan and cuir in Ecuador, neither of which hold the English meaning. Translation is about crossing borders, but some languages travel more than others. Sexualities are usually translated from the core to the periphery, imposing Western LGBT identities onto the rest of the world. Many sexual identities are not translatable into English, and markers of modernity override native terminologies. All this matters beyond words. Translating sexuality in world politics forces us to confront issues of emancipation, colonisation, and sovereignty, in which global frameworks are locally embraced and/or resisted. Translating sexualities is a political act entangled in power politics, imperialism and foreign intervention. This book explores the entanglements of sex and tongue in international relations from Kyrgyzstan to Nepal, Japan to Tajikistan, Kurdistan to Amazonia.

Edited by

Caroline Cottet and Manuela Lavinas Picq

Contributors

Ibtisam Ahmed, Soheil Asefi, Laura Bensoussan, Lisa Caviglia, Ioana Fotache, Karolina Kluczewska, Mohira Suyarkulova, Jo Teut, Josi Tikuna, Cai Wilkinson and Diako Yazdani.


Table of contents

INTRODUCTION
 – Manuela L. Picq and Caroline Cottet

  1. THE NAMELESSNESS OF LIVES: WHAT’S NOT IN A NAME?
 – Cai Wilkinson
  2. JAPANESE ‘LGBT BOOM’ DISCOURSE AND ITS DISCONTENTS 
– Ioana Fotache
  3. TRANSLATING ‘QUEER’ INTO (KYRGYZSTANI) RUSSIAN
 – Mohira Suyarkulova
  4. INDIGENOUS SEXUALITIES: RESISTING CONQUEST AND TRANSLATION – Manuela L. Picq and Josi Tikuna
  5. DOING SEX RIGHT IN NEPAL: ACTIVIST LANGUAGE AND SEXED/ GENDERED EXPECTATIONS 
– Lisa Caviglia
  6. ASEXUALITY, THE INTERNET, AND THE CHANGING LEXICON OF SEXUALITY 
– Jo Teut
  7. BETWEEN EMANCIPATION AND OPPRESSION: THE BODIES OF KURDISH LIBERATION 
– An interview with Diako Yazdani, conducted by Manuela L. Picq
  8. DECOLONISING QUEER BANGLADESH: NEOLIBERALISM AGAINST LGBTQ+ EMANCIPATION
 – Ibtisam Ahmed
  9. DONORS’ LGBT SUPPORT IN TAJIKISTAN: PROMOTING DIVERSITY
OR PROVOKING VIOLENCE?
 – Karolina Kluczewska
  10. THE COMMODIFIED QUEER SUBLIME 
– Soheil Asefi

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