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Insurgent Desire: Securitization of Queer Kurdish Sexualities in Istanbul

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


This paper explores changing dynamics of intimacy, relationality, and difference among Kurdish
queer men living under an increasingly racialized securitization in Istanbul. Drawing on an
ethnographic study in apartment settings, I investigate how Kurdish queer men’s lives are
structured by an emergent security regime; how they situate their racialized and sexualized
bodies within the larger context of national security in Turkey and in the local economies of sex
and desire. Addressing these questions, I explore how they develop alternative forms of
friendship, sentient and emotional engagements, and ethics of relationality.