The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, presents Singapore Seminar 2010/11. 'Count on Queers, Singapore!' is a talk given by Simon Obendorf, Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln.
In this talk, Obendorf argues that queer lives and politics are subject to the contradictory pressures that emerge from Singapore’s attempts to position itself as a world-class “creative” city while protecting its status as a sovereign political entity. He explores how notions of creativity and discourses about external threat and contamination continue to limit the possibilities for the emergence of queer politics in Singapore and point to some of the dangers inherent in accepting queer social rights based primarily on economic contribution and cosmopolitan location.
Date: Friday, 28 January 2011, 1730-1900hrs. Venue: Room 104, Senate House, first floor. Headlined by the launch of a new book, GASPP: GAY ANTHOLOGY OF SINGAPORE POETRY AND PROSE! (http://gaspp.wordpress.com/)
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