Orientations: Towards a Queer Phenomenology

Ahmed, Sara. 2006. Orientations: Towards a Queer Phenomenology. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 12(4), pp. 543-574. ISSN 1064-2684 [Article]

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What does it mean to be oriented? How is it that we come to find our way in a world that acquires new shapes, depending on which way we turn? If we know where we are, when we turn this way or that, then we are oriented. We have our bearings. We know what to do to get to this place or to that. To be oriented is also to be oriented toward certain objects, those that help us find our way. These are the objects we recognize, such that when we face them, we know which way we are facing. They gather on the ground and also create a ground on which we can gather. Yet objects gather quite differently, creating different grounds. What difference does it make what we are oriented toward?

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06 Oct 2015 10:26

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22 Apr 2016 16:39

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