School of Social and Political Science

Less suffering, more dreaming: black lgbtqi poetry disorbiting pain’s paradigm

19 January 2022
13:30 - 15:00




Less suffering, more dreaming: black lgbtqi poetry disorbiting pain’s paradigm

This RACE.ED event will receive simultaneous translation from Portuguese to English. Versão em Português abaixo.

In this seminar hosted by RACE.ED, tatiana nascimento discusses queer afrodiasporic literature and examines the colonial roots and practice of literary theory and criticism; tatiana nascimento will discuss what it is and how to read literary cuírlombism.

The topic is a book that has been rewritten since 2016, being provoked and provoking these main assumptions that will be asked during the presentation:

  1. why does the comprehension of black and/or lgbtqi literature seem to be related to the thematic presence of the pain/resistance/speak out tripod?
  2. in what ways does this three-pronged approach meet the sadism’s expectations typical of the white, heterocisnormalized cisnormative colonial gaze?
  3. does “disobeying the paradigm of pain”, assuming the literary complexity of poets such as kati souto, nina ferreira, kika sena, cidinha da silva, the author herself, creates the risk of overlapping layers of contextual unintelligibility to the texts?
  4. can inhabiting this risk be a bet on the future? i.e. would this be an afrofuturist literature? and: could this bet make sense in a present context profoundly marked by the genocide/epistemicide caused by the heterocisnormalized white supremacy colonialism?
  5. the absurd, the reverie, the lightness, the refusal, the imprecision, the erasureness – how do they emerge as a power in this literature, transforming the risk into fertile material for new sights of criticism, theory, literary diffusion? or are they mere vanishing points from reality harshness, escapism, tangencies, useless lyricism?
  6. is it possible, is it really possible, to reconjure a concept founded by two Brazilian pillars of contemporary black thought – Beatriz Nascimento and Abdias do Nascimento, in their respective propositions on quilombos and quilombism –, which still dialogues with an heterocentric vision of brazilian Blackness, to ground the notion of cuíerlombism as one in which the notions of black diaspora and sexual dissent lie on the same soil of ancestry?