Decolonial Queering Aesthesis: Unsettling Spaces of Zionist Sensuality

The talk will focus on the relation between aesthetics and de/colonisation in Palestine. The first part draws on the work of Jacques Ranciere and settler colonial studies to explore how Zionist settler colonialism governs and regulates aesthetic spaces and sensualities in Palestine. It will do so by focusing on the case of ‘pinkwashing.’ The second part will then examine how the artistic work of Palestinian queer artists and activists challenges this settler-colonial regime of governing sensuality. Combining the work of Walter Mignolo and native feminist theories, it will show how such works enable what I call ‘decolonial queering aesthesis.’ In other words, they reconstruct spaces of native sovereign sensuality through cartographies of healing, homemaking and resurgence.