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#Je Suis Charlie

It is a dark day in France and much of Paris is in a state of high alert. There is a visible military and army presence. More so, circumstances demand reflection on the key issues at stake, among them citizenship, religion, and  the French republican values – liberté, égalité, fraternité. These are values that were spread, and […]

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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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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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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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