When the checkpoint becomes a counterpoint: Stasis as queer dissent

Milani, Tommaso M.; Awayed-Bishara, Muzna; Gafter, Roey J.; Levon, Erez (2020). When the checkpoint becomes a counterpoint: Stasis as queer dissent. Trabalhos de Linguística Aplicada, 59(3), pp. 1659-1687. UNICAMP 10.1590/01031813836151620201114

[img]
Preview
Text
Milani_et_al_2020.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons: Attribution (CC-BY).

Download (1MB) | Preview

This article was born out of a sense of discomfort with the privilege accorded to movement and mobility in critical scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities, including critical work on the relationship between language, sexuality and space. It is our contention in this article that stasis can be deployed as a radical practice of defiance, and therefore can be queer too. In order to argue that stillness can be a form of social action carrying the potential of forging a radical politics of dissent, we take as a case in point the checkpoint in the context of Israel/Palestine. Drawing upon Said’s (1984, 1994) notion of the counterpoint and Stroud’s (2018) theorisation of linguistic citizenship, we illustrate how the checkpoint can become a bodily, discursive and material counterpoint that activates the irreconcilable tensions between utopia and dystopia in the pursuit of “thorough resistance to regimes of the normal” (Warner, 1993, p. xxvi).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

UniBE Contributor:

Levon, Erez

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

1659-1687

Publisher:

UNICAMP

Language:

English

Submitter:

Erez Levon

Date Deposited:

10 Mar 2021 10:44

Last Modified:

10 Mar 2021 10:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1590/01031813836151620201114

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/153157

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/153157

Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback