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Midis de STRIGES « Social Attitudes on Mobilities and Same-Sex Relationships in the Life Trajectories of Gay EU-Chinese Couples »

par Aaron Raphael Ponce, ULB

Les Midis de STRIGES reviennent pour l’année académique 2019-2020 ! De l’urbanisme à la pharmacie en passant par la sociologie, l’histoire ou encore le droit, les Midis s’inscrivent dans une perspective interdisciplinaire où tous les sujets ont pour lien les études de genre.

Current research on mixed and migrant couples primarily features the heteronormative model of the Anglo-European male and Asian female. Likewise, studies on gay Asian and Chinese migrants in Anglo-European countries focus on their sexual desires and identities as a product of the longing for upward economic mobility, wherein Anglo-European societies are the target sites of settlement, expressed as a desire for Anglo-European partners. By looking through the lens of studies on mixedness (Varro 2003), and through the methods of multi-sited and phenomenological ethnography (Willen 2007, Marcus 1995), this project examines how gay Belgian-Chinese couples’ lived experiences determine their life trajectories as a negotiation of belonging to different sexual, social, and State systems. In so doing, it is demonstrated that migration and couplehood in a same-sex context goes beyond the South-to-North and East-to-West paradigm seen in current research.

Aaron Raphael Ponce is currently in the second year of his doctoral studies, working in the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des mondes contemporains (LAMC) and the East Asian Research Center (EAST) of the ULB. He was granted the MSH Seed Grant in 2018 and is now under Prof. Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot’s FNRS-PDR project, Situated Mixedness.  He holds a Master’s degree in social sciences (Intercultural Mediation: identities, mobilities and conflicts) from KU Leuven and Université Lille-III. He was also awarded a Chinese Language training certificate in 2010 from Tunghai University, Taiwan, under a grant from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. His research focuses on the gendered aspects of both Chinese and Filipino diasporas, as well as diasporic involvement in Chinese soft power and diplomacy.

Mercredi 18 mars 2020 de 12h15 à 14h00

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