Pivot 2021 Virtual Conference July 22-23 2021
Dismantling Reassembling - tools for alternative futures

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Sounding Futures: Queer Sonics and Filipinx Intimacies

In this presentation, I suggest that sound offers a methodological framework that can uniquely register modes of collectivity and desire that may otherwise go unrecognized. My theory of “queer sound” expands on how the sonic might be used as a conceptual resource for making sense of the affective and psychic lives of diasporic communities, particularly Filipinx. I emphasize how sound is both a material and metaphorical force that can enable us to better understand the possibilities and limits of diaspora. To do this, my presentation focuses on Filipinx examples of transpacific aesthetic expression, from music, to viral new media such as a YouTube karaoke performance, as a means to foreground the many ways that marginalized people practice care, enliven creativity, and repair from colonial violence, across multiple geographic spaces such as Canada and the Philippines.