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2016 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 478 words || 
1. Kolarova, Katerina. "The East of Pride, Avatars of Freedom: Capitalist Rehabilitations of Gay Pride and Refugee Crises" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Denver, Colorado, <Not Available>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: I propose to juxtapose two recent movements of bodies and affects—Prague Pride of 2014 and the current European ‘refugee crisis’—to explore the links between the context-specific figurations of homonationalism (Puar), disability, and articulations of what Mimi Nguyen coins as ‘the gift of freedom’. First, I turn to the racialised and imperial ideologies of the East as they were mobilised in the 2014 Prague Pride events. Strangely echoing the 1990s, the overarching theme East meets West was explained as ‘to draw attention to unfreedom of homosexuals (sic!) of the countries of the East’ and to express ‘the support of gay and lesbians from the East. As one way of showing their support to queers living in ‘unfreedom’, Prague Pride joined up with a private advertising company to develop a mobile app for smart phones enabling queer people from abroad to participate in the Prague Pride events virtually via their ‘live avatars,’ people attending Prague Pride. The LGBT Avatar app, and the ‘living avatars’ mediating the experience of Prague Pride, as the then director of the Prague Pride Czeslaw Walek noted, ‘grant[ed] freedom to people from countries where they cannot live freely’ through ‘mak[ing] it possible for them to take part on the Pride (March).’
Second, only short months after this celebration of a proud queer self, the ‘Fortress Europa’ has become ever more palpable as the refugees started to arrive to its shores. Looking at the articulations of racialised discourses of Islamophobia, threats of (military and cultural) terrorism as they started to populate the Czech (and Eastern-European) public spaces, I come back to the notions of a ‘gift of freedom’ proudly celebrated during Prague Pride to explore the disembodied and racialised fantasies attached to the figures (and technologies) of avatar-ism. Working off of Mirza’s analysis of parallels between disability institutions and detention centers for refugees, I propose to further explore the links between (fantasies) of surveillance over the displaced and the disabled, geographical privilege and the liberal discourses of freedom.
Questioning the figure of the avatar and its ideological appropriations, I want to draw attention to the ways in which the avatar app appropriates disability/cripness in this simulation of an access technology, as well as relies on racialised notions of the East as a signification of backwardness, retrogradeness and political oppression. Drawing on Puar’s posing homonationalism as “the historical convergence of state practices, transnational circuits of queer commodity culture and human rights paradigms, and broader global phenomena such as the increasing entrenchment of Islamophobia” (Puar, 2012: xxx), I am interested in the ways in which homonationalism becomes an integral part of the normative aspirations of what I have named as ‘capitalist rehabilitations’ of the post-socialist crip. Specifically, leaning against crip theory, I interrogate how the notions of freedom and liberal tolerance mobilized in the visions of the proud LGBT avatar relate to the racialised visions of the (Muslim) refugee.

2009 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: 27 pages || Words: 8003 words || 
2. Joseph, Lauren. "The Production of Pride: Institutionalization and LGBT Pride Organizations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 08, 2009 Online <PDF>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper examines the institutionalization of social movements, particularly the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride movement. Drawing on in-depth ethnographic and archival research on four organizations in three very different cities across the United States, it investigates how and why social movement organizations institutionalize, and how members understand their identities as social movement actors in the context of increasing institutionalization. Institutionalization is articulated in two key ways: internal institutionalization—the power dynamics and structural characteristics within social movement organizations—and external institutionalization, which entails the ties between the social movement organization and the market economy, the political field, and local social and cultural establishments. The production of pride events is analyzed as a social process illuminating the tensions and contradictions of LGBT organizing in the context of widespread cultural changes around the issue of LGBT rights and social acceptance.

2010 - ISPP 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting Words: 247 words || 
3. Sarrasin, Oriane., Green, Eva. and Fasel, Nicole. "More pride, more prejudice? National pride and attitudes toward immigrants across national sub-groups" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA, Jul 07, 2010 <Not Available>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Paper (prepared oral presentation)
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This study examines how relations between national pride and prejudice toward immigrants differ across groups sharing national citizenship. Two types of national pride coexist: citizens may feel proud of their nation either as an egalitarian and successful system (constructive pride) or in an unconditional way (natio-cultural pride). Linked to the feeling of national superiority, natio-cultural pride is expected to lead to rejection of immigrants, whereas constructive pride should reduce rejection. However, little attention has been paid to how the relationship between both types of national pride and prejudice varies as a function of group status.
With one clear numerical majority (German speakers) and several linguistic minorities, Switzerland is an ideal arena for studying these relations. Using International Social Survey Programme 2003 data (N = 887 Swiss citizens), our results showed that the expected relations between the two types of national pride and attitudes toward immigrants held only for the national majority. In the case of the French-speaking minority, both natio-cultural and constructive pride were related to negative attitudes.
Further analyses on the French-speaking minority revealed that attachment to the nation leads indirectly to negative attitudes by increasing constructive pride. The meaning of national constructive pride seems therefore to vary as a function of sub-group status within the nation. For the majority, the “constructive” aspect primes, while for the minority, the “national” aspect seems primordial. The present results indicate that concepts often used homogeneously for the entire native population need to account for the status groups hold within the nation.

2017 - American Society of Criminology Words: 179 words || 
4. Winchester, Kaylin. "Pride Begets Violence? Examining the Temporal Clustering of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes following Gay Pride Celebrations" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Abstract: A wealth of research examines the link between minority group size, visibility, and prejudice. Specifically, scholars propose that increases in the size of the outgroup causes anti-outgroup attitudes to increase. Despite the utility of the theory, empirical support has been mixed. Despite advancements, previous work in this area fails to examine (1) LGBT communities and (2) month-to-month, city-level fluctuations in hate crimes. Indeed, there is paucity of research examining the structural and temporal correlates of anti-LGBT hate crimes. Most often, studies examining anti-LGBT related violence focus on adolescent bullying or comparing incident-level characteristics with other bias-related crimes. Drawing on Blalock’s (1967) group threat hypothesis, this study uses U.S. Census, General Social Survey, and UCR Hate Crime data to understand the fluctuations in LGBT victimization following previously ignored antecedent events: pride celebrations. Preliminary findings report a relationship between pride celebrations and violent anti-LGBT hate crime occurrences. Conditional negative binomial regression models will be used to further examine the link between LGBTQ+ pride celebrations and anti-LGBT hate crimes in a large sample of large, metropolitan cities covering a ten-year time period.

2017 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 442 words || 
5. Aziz, Adam. "Pride and Prejudice(d): Black Lives Matter Organizing Against Queer Liberalism and Carceral Violence at Toronto Pride" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, <Not Available>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: On July 3, 2016, Black Lives Matter (BLM) Toronto, composed of black queer and trans individuals, halted the city’s Pride procession by staging a sit-in protest. Taking place against the background of recent shootings of black citizens by law enforcement, the group refused to move until Pride organizers responded to calls to address what they claimed were the increasing police presence, racial profiling, and commercialization of Pride. BLM Toronto’s refusal for co-optation and demand for greater inclusion echoed in their reverberated cries: “Pride Toronto, we are calling you out! For your anti-blackness, your anti-indigeneity!” BLM Toronto’s actions, in turn, drew ire from more reserved elements of the LGBT community who accused the group of fomenting undue discord.

In this paper, I explore the affective and pedagogical tactics of queer dissent generated from the encounter between BLM Toronto and what Sara Ahmed calls “the performance of good, happy whiteness” (2012). I argue that BLM Toronto’s queer activists occupy physical, visual space to refold trans, women, and queer of color geographies back into the history of the North American nation and challenge expectations that Pride be unquestioningly centered upon the affective hegemony of a happy queer whiteness. By happy whiteness, I gesture to how Toronto Pride has often staged queer, cisgender (white) men and promoted ideals of the neoliberal queer citizen-subject as proper legitimate faces of mainstream LGBT politics. This, in turn, demands the affective maintenance of an artificial, ‘feel-good’ atmosphere that repudiates public displays of discontent by indigenous, queer- and women-of-color bodies, often recasted as ontologically disruptive and visually incongruent with the utopic image of Pride as a celebration of ‘happy whiteness.’

I suggest that Pride parades are animate landscapes sensitive to a range of affective expressions and visual spatialities, and so BLM Toronto’s interruption of Pride is necessary work, rooted in radical queer protest, that reclaims dispossessed geographical spaces and aims to expose sexual-gender-racial modes of homonationalist exclusion operating clandestinely, on a broader scale, in Canadian and U.S. Pride celebrations. I ask: How can Pride, a site born from a radical social revolution driven by productive anger at the status quo and led by trans- and queer-of-color individuals, now contrarily discipline expressions of happiness and anger by insisting upon an ethos of queer respectability and queer ‘civility’? I also ask what this means for a radical queer inclusion and futurity, if even productive anger, a vital affective instrument of critical self-reflexivity that has shaped Pride’s formation and upkeep, is selectively rejected to uphold a mandate of hegemonic happiness predicated upon the inclusion of certain queer bodies at the exclusion of racialized queer others.

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