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Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism

Madhavi Menon

Abstract

Indifference to Difference organises itself around Alain Badiou’s suggestion that in the face of increasing claims of identitarian specificity, one might consider the politics and ethics of being “indifferent to difference.” Following up on the ideas of sameness and difference that have animated queer theory, I think about what it might mean, methodologically, to be indifferent to differences of chronology, culture, and sexuality. Rather than giving us an identifiable “queerness,” or queerness as an identity, a universalism premised on indifference would be queer in its resistance to ontology. ... More

Keywords: Queer Theory, Universalism, Indifference, Desire, Sexuality, Dastangoi, Yinka Shonibare, William Shakespeare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816695904
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816695904.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Madhavi Menon, author
Ashoka University

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