Kelley O’Dell Humanities and Social Science
Invisible Voices: Hearing Queer Women and Queer Spaces in Amman, Jordan
Conversations about sexuality abound among the youth of Amman, Jordan, where same-sex sexual activity is permissible by government law, yet the general public is still very hostile towards the queer community. In such a stigmatized environment, queer identities are legal, but hardly publicly permissible. Nevertheless, clubs, cafes, and bars known for their toleration have emerged as hotspots for members of the local queer community. Through my research in Amman, I hope to experience the citys underground and public queer spaces, and explore how people interact both within and across them. Amman presents a unique opportunity with respect to studying queer culture because the queer community is flourishing, yet it remains relatively untouched by Western interest. This allows Ammans queer spaces to grow very organically. Ultimately, I will examine how queer women interact in, contribute to, and are marginalized by these spaces.