Politics of Sexuality

Visualizing LGBT Inbetween Spaces: Emancipatory Power and Challenges in the Global South


  • Arnaud Kurze New York University & Montclair State University & Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


This paper offers a critical perspective on emerging and alternative spaces for emancipation within LGBT communities across various regions of the Global South. Taking into account contemporary queer literature against the backdrop of postcolonial legacies, it employs Kurze and Lamont’s concept of inbetween spaces. It argue that barriers to moving our understanding of queer studies in the context of the Global South forward are conceptual and methodological in nature. To illustrate this it homes in on impediments to empowering local communities and networks beyond national boundaries, providing an in-depth comparative analysis. Methodologically, it draws on a mixed method approach, employing qualitative analysis and digital visualization tools to help understand the interactions between different stakeholders across time and space. It concludes by suggesting relevant tools to capture the evolution of cross-regional dynamics and gauge emancipatory power of growing online communities and the challenges they are facing.


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