1st Edition

Decolonial Queering in Palestine

By Walaa Alqaisiya Copyright 2023
    216 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a vivid account of the political valence of weaving queer into native positionality and the struggle for decolonisation in the settler colonial context of Palestine, referred to as decolonial queering. It discusses how processes of gender and sexuality that privilege hetero-colonising authority shaped and continue to define both the Israeli-Zionist conquest of Palestine and the Palestinian struggle for liberation, thus future imaginings of free Palestine. This account emerges directly from the voices and experiences of Palestinian activists and artists; particularly, it draws on fieldwork with Palestine’s most established queer grassroots movement, alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, and a variety of artistic Palestinian productions (photography, fashion, music, performance, and video art). Offering a comprehensive and in-depth engagement with the situated context, history, and local practices of Palestinian queerness, scholars, students, and activists across (de)colonial, race, and gender/sexuality studies would appreciate its unique insights; its empirical focus also reaches to those academics in the wider fields of Middle Eastern, anthropological, and political studies.

    1 Introduction: Weaving Queer into Decolonisation

    2 Mapping Hetero-conquest

    Part 1 Unsettling

    3 Native Queer Refusal

    4 Queering Aesthesis

    Part 2 Imagining Otherwise

    5 Towards Radical Self-Determination

    6 Futural Imaginaries

    7 Conclusion:Decolonial Queer Beginnings


    Walaa Alqaisiya is a Marie Curie Global Fellow working between Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, Columbia University in the City of New York, United States, and the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom.