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Gloria Wekker’s Mosse Lecture On Homosexuality And Post-Colonialism

by Editorial Staff in Events & Agenda , 15 september 2009


On Wednesday the 16th of September Gloria Wekker will deliver (in Dutch!) the annual Mosse Lecture in the Theater of the Word in the Public Library of Amsterdam. In her lecture with the title “Van Homo Nostalgie en Betere Tijden: Homoseksualiteit en Postkolonialiteit” (About Gay Nostalgia and Better Times: Homosexuality and Post-colonialism, she takes on a trip along a few relevant issues in the Dutch multi-cultural society, to offer an overview of the ways homosexuality and post-colonialism relate in these troubled times.

What was the influence of the settlement of blacks, migrants and refugees over the past six decades, have we expanded the repertoire of same-sex ideas and practices? In other words: are there new ways in which we express or experience homosexuality? Has there been an exchange in dominant and docile models of gay and lesbian sexuality?

Important stops along the tour are for example the paper of Minister Plasterk “Gewoon Homo Zijn” (Being Gay is Normal) (2007), Ahmed Marcouch’s plans for gay acceptance in Amsterdam Slotervaart, visits to gay and lesbian bars and the Gay Parade in Amsterdam, as well as an analysis of recent media attention on matters in which multi-culturalism and homosexuality seem to be in conflict.


During the program she also sidesteps to the women emancipation movement, where you can also see a similar phenomenon like “gay-nationalism.”

Gloria Wekker aims to focus on three central questions:
1. What’s the position of women in this clash of gay cultures. Why are they, we, so invisible?
2. What are the main arguments that go around on the compatibility of homosexuality and multi-culturalism and post-colonialism?
3. Which images of the gay self and the gay other come forward from the various sources?

The Mosse Lectures are an initiative of the Mosse Foundation to promote the Studies of Gay and Lesbian History at the University of Amsterdam. Earlier lectures were delivered by Hafid Bouazza, Marjan Sax, Ruud Douma a.k.a. Dolly Bellefleur, Bas Heijne, Maaike Meijer, Gerardjan Rijnders and Gerrit Komrij.

The Mosse Lecture is free to attend and will take place on the 16th of September from 5 till 7 p.m. (with reception) in the Public Library of Amsterdam (OBA), Theater van het Woord, seventh floor, Oosterdokskade, Amsterdam.



 







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