Article | Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden | Queer Time? Queer(y)ing Moments in the Everyday Life of Lesbian Mothers

Title:
Queer Time? Queer(y)ing Moments in the Everyday Life of Lesbian Mothers
Author:
Paula Kuosmanen: Christina Institute for Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki, Finalnd
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Year:
2009
Conference:
Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden
Issue:
038
Article no.:
026
Pages:
151-151
No. of pages:
1
Publication type:
Abstract
Published:
2010-11-05
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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The paper focuses on queering in everyday life by presenting the tactics of lesbian mothers in various everyday spaces. In this paper the act of queering is analyzed as a moment of questioning the heteronormative backdrop of everyday life. This paper focuses on how Finnish lesbian mothers queer the taken-for-granted heteronormativity of everyday spaces through parenting practices and by living their cyclic daily life. The analysis of the interview material (31 in-depth interviews) implies a broader theoretical question: If the act of queering presumes an overt citation of queer representations; acts or sexual identities; how can queering be done in places; which are polished as nonsexual; like in children’s places; or in everyday life with its unarticulated indistinctiveness; the daily backdrop; which has become habitual? The connections between temporality and everyday life bring to the fore the un-eventfulness of everyday life and its opposite character to the transgressive moments. The paper is based on my PhD-thesis on Finnish lesbian mothers’ everyday spaces.

Literature: Valentine; Gill: Queer Bodies and the Production of Space. In Richardson; Diane and Seidman; Steven (eds.) (2002) Handbook of Lesbian & Gay Studies. London; Sage.

Keywords: Everyday life; queer-theory; habitual

Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Paula Kuosmanen
Title:
Queer Time? Queer(y)ing Moments in the Everyday Life of Lesbian Mothers
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Proceedings of the Sustaining Everyday Life Conference: April 22–24 2009; Campus Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Paula Kuosmanen
Title:
Queer Time? Queer(y)ing Moments in the Everyday Life of Lesbian Mothers
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