The question of culture and language comes to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. The progressive queer culture opposes the aggressive nationalist populist politics aimed at the erasure of culture of various marginal groups as well as the hierarchical globalization which produces dispossession of local communities all over the world.
The culture war also rages within queer communities themselves. The progressive, internationalist, intersectional, and local queer culture struggles against a conservative queer culture eager to form alliances with local nationalist parties and aid the hierarchical, neoliberal globalization. The forces of progressive queer culture oppose the imposition of neoliberal “global” (read Western) queer culture on the rest of the world as well as a vision of queers as good little warriors of individual aggressive nation states who support the exclusionary policies of local nationalist governments.
In this current political and cultural situation, the project Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of a dictionary of an imaginary queer defense fusion-language.
The Dictionary of the Queer International will be a collection of words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. This dictionary proposes the concept of a queer language of “internationalist universality” as opposed to “neoliberal globalization” and a vision of an international queer language of multi-locality and horizontality. Dictionary of the Queer International is about internationalism, intersectionality, solidarity, the raising of consciousness, and a vision of a shared queer culture.
Call for Participation
Queer speakers around the world are invited to submit words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K., “Pajuba” in Brazil, among others, with a definition and English translation not exceeding 200 words per definition to this email QueerInternationalDictionary[at]gmail.com. There is no limit on how many words each person can submit. Each participant will be properly credited.
The collected volume Dictionary of the Queer International will be published in collaboration with ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2019.
Yevgeniy Fiks is a Moscow-born New York-based artist, author, and organizer of art exhibitions. Yevgeniy has produced many projects on the subject of the Post-Soviet dialog in the West.