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Chapter 1 considers the ways in which the aesthetic practices of queer diaspora—both film and visual art— reimagine the region (both supranationally and subnationally defined) as a space of queer possibility. It looks specifically at how Kerala, a state in south India, has been imagined as a “queer region” by contemporary South Asian diasporic artists and filmmakers. Their work compels us to decouple the diaspora from its usual referent, the nation, and instead to think in terms of diaspora-region, or region-to-region connectivities. This chapter thus attempts to think through the uses of the region in producing new forms of queer scholarship, and asks what a diaspora-region or region-to-region axis might offer queer studies. As such it is broadly concerned with the relation between queer studies, diaspora studies, and area studies, and suggests the possibilities of a queer studies project that is routed through each of these fields.

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