Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Queer Take on Christmas: Exploring the Possibilities of Incarnational Theology in Transatlantic Religious Debates on Human Sexuality

Transatlantic Crossings and Religion Religious belief and liturgical practice have been productive as they has traveled across the Atlantic. Belief and practice  structure socioeconomic patterns of inclusion and exclusion, networks of political power, and the boundaries of cultural normativity. They also infuse daily practice and moderate the temperament and rhythm of lives in the communities […]

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Oscar Wilde, Victorian moral geographies and Empire

Oscar Wilde challenged the moralism of Victorian England and is frequently cited as the leading victim of Victorian puritanism (Adut 2005). His evident and much publicized transgression of dominant views on gender  and sexuality culminated in his stigmatization and imprisonment.  However, it could be argued that while Wilde’s case exposed  processes that controlled bodies and morality […]

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Memory and Space in James Baldwin’s New York – Paris 1948 Transatlantic Displacement

Displacement, Memory, Affect and Space Memory informs and determines our interactions, demands upon, and actions within, given geographies. It also plays a vital role in our projections into the future, structuring our expectations of what is possible within given spatial constraints. In effect, our ability to reach back into time consciously, or otherwise, disciplines our […]

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‘Outing’ à la française: American influences in contemporary debates on same sex marriage

‘Outing’ of conservative anti-gay politicians in Washington DC has claimed an interesting array of colorful victims including anti- Republican politician Steve Wiles of North Carolina who turned out to be a former drag-queen, with photographic evidence thereof,  and other politicians ‘outed ‘ through more intrusive and violent ways including photographs  of men in compromising attire and positions […]

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The first, very Atlantic decade of Same Sex Marriage: A list of countries by Government and governance Systems

The current geography of same sex marriage completely revolves around the Atlantic.  Indeed, countries where same sex marriages are legally performed and recognized, with the notable exception of New Zealand, tend to have direct political and administrative links to the Atlantic.( The Commonwealth links of New Zealand may actually strengthen further the argument for the […]

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Between Foucault and The Village People: A Transatlantic reflection on Bodies, Race, and Power

The cast of the Village People’s multicultural makeup is a testament to formidable powers of marketing and music business prowess. It is also an instructive note in Atlantic history for the pedantic and those unable to enjoy disco music without dissecting its socio-economic, political, and historical implications. The original cast of The Village People brought together […]

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Transplanting ‘le Village’ of New York in Paris of the 1980s

A central instrument in the creation of a transatlantic movement for LGBT rights has been urban space. Through participation in urban land markets, gay men have increased their visibility and accumulated political and economic capital. In turn, this has provided a basis upon which to make policy and political demands. The perceived early successes of Manhattan […]

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The 1726 Raid of Mother Clap’s Molly House: Georgian London’s ‘Stonewall’ moment?

In Eighteenth Century London, a subculture of effeminate men became visible as many of them were prosecuted and their fates publicized in newspapers and caricatured in literary publications (Norton 2006). Their public humiliation through ‘sodomitical trials’ was widely consumed by an audience that spanned the Atlantic. Georgian London’s subcultures based on male same-sex eroticism became more […]

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A Transatlantic War of Words: HIV Researchers’ Contests for language and symbolic power in the 1980s

New York and Los Angeles emerged as epicenters of an unidentified ‘cancer’ in the early 1980s. As the disease spread, it evoked panic, naive complacency, and/or determination to quickly overcome the malady (Shilts 2003).  The mysterious disease also inspired contests over narrative and the power to name the epidemic. As  the ‘cancer’s’  link to gay men became clear, it […]

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l’Atlantique en rose: First Word/ Introduction to this Blog

This blog is an attempt to explore transatlantic exchanges that have shaped gay male life from the latter decades of the twentieth century to the present. Locating the Atlantic in Human History: The Persistence of Exchange The Atlantic has carried on its waves the key advances that have disturbed and restructured human history since the […]

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