CAS Graduate Affiliate Yasmina Martin on Queer Utopias and Transnational Solidarity

Yasmina Martin is a third-year doctoral candidate in History with interests in twentieth century South African political movements, political exile, and gender and nationalism. Her recent research article ‘Now I Am Not Afraid’: Simon Nkoli, Queer Utopias and Transnational Solidarity was published in the Journal of Southern African Studies. The article employs the epistolary exchanges between Simon Nkoli, a South African gay rights and anti-apartheid activist undergoing trial in Delmas, South Africa in the late 1980s, and Andrew Hansen, a gay man from Chicago living with AIDS, to demonstrate how the radical empathy built between both men suggests the possibility of queer utopia. You can read the article here