GRC Public Lecture: Spike Peterson on 'Loving exclusions: marriage as racist and geopolitically problematic'
2D1 Priory Rd Complex
The GRC is hosting Professor Spike Peterson as a Richard Hodder-Williams Fellow from 1st May-12th June 2018.
As part of this fellowship, Prof Peterson will be giving a public lecture on 'Loving Exclusions: Marriage as Racist and Geopolitically Problematic'.
Date: 15th May
Venue: 2D1, Priory Rd Complex
Longstanding feminist critiques expose how marriage ‘works’ to normalize gender inequalities in family/household relations and exclude women from participating fully in the ‘public’ arenas of socio-cultural, economic and political power. And advocates of same-sex marriage expose the many personal, economic and cultural costs of being excluded from the benefits of marrying. I argue however that how power operates in the ‘love of marriage’ breeds not only inequalities of gender and sexuality but also, and inextricably, of race, class and national prosperity. Moreover, the scale and intensity of these inequalities - and the harms, despair, exclusions, resentment, and social violence they generate - are globally significant. Hence, the importance of critically analyzing how the institution of marriage can create ‘exclusions’ and contribute to geopolitical problems - specifically, racialized ‘difference,’ global inequalities, and anti-immigrant hostilities.