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Intimate Publics of Divination

Fri, Nov 15, 11:10am to 12:25pm, Hilton Union Square, Floor: Tower 3, 4th Floor, Union Square 10


This paper analyzes gendered practices of divination in Turkey as a subaltern vernacular for those disadvantaged along the multiple axes of heteropatriachal hierarchies and as a medium of navigating gendered and sexualized marginalization. Intimate publics formed around divination offer a safer venue for women and queer folk to explore their desires in context of a disciplining and moralizing public sphere colored by a reinvented gender traditionalism and masculinist violence.