Caribbean anxieties: religion, sexuality, nationalism EN
Eric Heuser (University of Hamburg)
Roberto Strongman (University of California)
Friday 13 July, 11:30-13:15 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This workshop will debate practices of religion and sexuality that challenge national discourses of the 'good' subject. In particular the panel will address the anxious states, fears, and moments of disquiet for the marginalised Caribbean subject.

Long abstract:

Religion and sexuality are often discussed as separate and diametrically opposed poles disciplining the 'good' and the 'bad' citizen in national discourses. Popular and postcolonial religious and sexual categories of being and modes of social practices challenge the anxieties produced by the imposition and enforcement of these national narratives. What is the location of anxiety in the continuum of the appropriate and the dissident Caribbean subject? How do the various state apparatuses seek to resolve and even prolong these anxious states? Do Caribbean people respond and possibly subvert those structures to become active agents in the processes of their own subjectification? What are the implications of representing the Caribbean as world asylum and 'carnival of emotions' in relation to the 'rationality' of the nation?

Possible topics could include:

• Non-heteronormative sexualities

• Creole religions of the Caribbean

• The un/making of subjectivities

• Madness, anxiety, disquieted emotions

The workshop invites presentations covering religion and sexuality in the context of the Caribbean societies. We envision a panel made up of scholars from a variety of disciplines working on Caribbean societies employing distinct ethnographic approaches.