Homophobias, Human Rights and Social Change in the French and British Caribbean

5.30-7.30 Thursday, 23rd March

Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Prof. David A.B. Murray, York University, Toronto

The Caribbean region is often characterized as uniformly homophobic and LGBT rights are often claimed by governmental and non-governmental organizations as the conduit through which change can be effected.  What happens when we question assumptions about the meaning of homophobia and the effects of imposing this term on dispersed and diverse societies?  How might we also constructively question rights as a universal strategy through which to change local laws, beliefs and practices? The goal of this presentation is to critically engage with key concepts in sexual minority discrimination and rights talk occurring in transnational contexts, utilizing ethnographic examples from Barbados and Martinique in order to challenge assumptions of the uniformity and translatability of LGBT rights as a primary response to homophobia in the Caribbean.

The event is free, but booking is essential. Please sign up here: http://www.sas.ac.uk/events/event/7093

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