Queer Sahara | Queer Sonora
A Panel at the 53rd Annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
March 10-13, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland (although hybrid presentations are possible)
In this panel, we will consider shared connections across desert spaces in the queer imaginary, using the Sonoran Desert and the Sahara Desert as specific sites of comparison, reinvention, liberation, and self-definition. Rather than empty spaces or zones of death, these deserts and their vibrant ecosystems contain various well-established queer enclaves such as Palm Springs, California; Bisbee and Melrose (Phoenix), Arizona; and locales at the edge of the Sahara, such as Fes and Marrakesh, Morocco.