VISIBILITY INTERRUPTED virtual event with Middlebury College and Carly Thomsen

Carly Thomsen will join a virtual event with Middlebury College on Friday, November 5 for a discussion of her new book, VISIBILITY INTERRUPTED.
When Nov 05, 2021
from 15:00 PM to 16:00 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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A questioning of the belief in the power of LGBTQ visibility through the lives of queer women in the rural MidwestCarly Thomsen will join a virtual event with Middlebury College on Friday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. (4:00 Eastern) for a discussion of her new book, Visibility Interrupted: Rural Queer Life and the Politics of Unbecoming. She will be joined in conversation by Martin Manalansan and Rosemary Hennessy. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information.

Visibility Interrupted is the first monograph on LGBTQ women in the rural Midwest. Drawing from critical race studies, disability studies, queer Marxism, and feminist and queer studies, Carly Thomsen deconstructs the image of the rural as a flat, homogenous, and anachronistic place where LGBTQ people necessarily suffer and suggests that visibility is not liberation and will not lead to liberation. 

"Carly Thomsen’s Visibility Interrupted is a must-read for any LGBTQ (loving) people who have ever thought that being 'out, loud, and proud' was a good thing. Disclosing how visibility politics emerges out of urban spaces and presumes that the rural is unbecoming, Thomsen goes on to demonstrate what women in rural South Dakota and Minnesota can teach us about LGBTQ politics, the rural, and the relation between the two. Provocative, extensively researched, and delivered in Thomsen’s lively voice, this groundbreaking ‘queer archive’ offers a new understanding of sexuality as spatial and a more capacious politics inspired by LGBTQ rural life." —Rosemary Hennessy, Rice University

"Visibility Interrupted advances research and energizes debate in an emergent and under-examined area in LGBTQ studies: queer rurality. Not only does this work critique dominant queer metronormativity in the field, it also critically displaces the strongly masculinist conception of the bucolic and the rustic by focusing on LGBTQ women’s identity formation, world-making processes, and community-building practices in the rural Midwest. Carly Thomsen argues for complicating the queer rural Midwest and queerness in general by offering a critical optic that refuses the flattening of the pastoral and envisions alternative formations of LGBTQ future." —Martin F. Manalansan IV, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities