The Israeli Queerhana: Time-Space of Subversion and Future Utopia
In this article, I argue that the Queerhana parties held in the early 2000s in Israel can be seen as queer time-spaces. In the local context, this aspect of the Queerhanas was deeply subversive not only of the heteronormative order, but also of the homonormative and the homonational. In turn, I argue, that Queerhana offered new spatial forms such as erotic hybrid space, and new temporal concepts such as erotic transcendent time. These configurations offered utopian and futuristic queer embodiments of another possible social life of diversity and coexistence. The discussion contextualizes the Queerhana parties in relation to theories of queer time-space based on content analysis of the parties, as well as interviews with key former party activists.
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