The Canadian War on Queers – Book Launch and Public Talk

11 02 2010

The Canadian War on Queers – Book Launch and Public Talk

You are invited!

The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation
By Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile

Thursday Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m., 3rd floor of the Student Centre, Laurentian University

Please join us for a public talk by Laurentian Prof. Gary Kinsman and the book launch for the Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010).

This scholarly event is part of Pride Week 2010 at LU.

Copies of The Canadian War on Queers will be for sale at the event.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History.

Book description: The Canadian War on Queers

From the 1950s to the late 1990s, agents of the state spied on, interrogated, and harassed gays and lesbians in Canada, employing social ideologies and other practices to construct their target – people who deviated from the so-called norm – as threats to society and enemies of the state.

Reconstructed from official security regime documents released through the Access to Information Act and interviews with gays, lesbians, civil servants, and high-ranking officials, The Canadian War on Queers offers a passionate, personalised account of a national security campaign that violated peoples civil rights and freedoms in an attempt to regulate their sexual practices. Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile disclose not only the acts of state repression that accompanied the Canadian war on queers but also forms of resistance that raise questions about just whose security was being protected and about national security as an ideological practice.

This path-breaking account of how the state used national security to wage war on its own people offers ways of understanding, and resisting, contemporary ideological conflicts such as the “war on terror.” It is required reading for students, scholars, and social activists in lesbian, gay, and queer studies or anyone interested in the issues of national security, state repression, and human rights.


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