Annulé - Atelier Genre(s) et Sexualité(s) - Dennis Altman - After 40 Years: Residual and Emergent Queer Cultures
L'Atelier Genre(s) et Sexualité(s) de l'Institut de Sociologie de l'Université libre de Bruxelles est au regret de vous annoncer que la conférence de Dennis Altman, prévue pour le 19 septembre est annulée pour des raisons personnelles l'empêchant de venir en Europe.
After 40 Years: Residual and Emergent Queer Cultures
Dennis Altman (La Trobe University)
Gay Liberation emerged in a few western countries as part of the wave of social, cultural and political challenges to the status quo at the end of the 1960s. The term itself was quickly replaced by less radical formulations, but the tensions implicit within the movement - between assimilation and separatism; between women and men; around gender performance; between acceptance and défiance - remain, although expressed in rather different forms. Huge shifts have occurred in western societies over the past forty years, so that it might be argued that acceptance of homosexuality has become part of the norms of western democracy. Yet stigma and discrimination have not disappeared, and increasingly they are played out on the global stage, as debates about [homo]sexual rights become deeply polarising issues in international institutions.
Dennis Altman is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. This book was one of the first serious analysis to emerge from the gay liberation movement, and was published in seven countries, with a readership which continues today. Since then Altman has written eleven books, exploring sexuality, politics and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States and now globally. These include The Homosexualization of America; AIDS and the New Puritanism; Rehearsals for Change, a novel (The Comfort of Men) and memoirs (Defying Gravity). His book, Global Sex, has been translated into five languages, including Spanish, Turkish and Japanese. Most recently he published Gore Vidal’s America and Fifty First State?
Altman is Professor of Politics and Director of the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. He was President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (2001-5), and since 2004 has been a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society. In 2005 he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, and has been a Board member of Oxfam Australia. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008
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