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What's up in Queer Theory?
Recent Developments in Queer Studies

May 8-10, 2007

Deadline for application:
March 19, 2007

University of Lund, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Judith Halberstam, USA,
Dr. Tuula Juvonen, University of Tampere, Finland,
Prof. Dr. Tiina Rosenberg, University of Lund, Sweden.

Prof. Tiina Rosenberg - in collaboration with Director or Research School Prof. Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden.

Course description:
The emergence of Queer Theory during the 1990’s has opened up new approaches for treating gender and sexuality as subjects to be studied in their own right. By understanding the notion of transhistorical categories (woman, man, homosexual, and so forth) queer scholars have launched queer theoretical work as a new way to think about the politics of gender and sexuality. The term Queer Theory refers to the writing that has taken gender and sexuality as its subject, and has specifically addressed the ways in which lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people raise questions about conventional understanding of gender and sexuality.

Since the 1990’s a large and rapidly growing body of scholarly literature exists under the rubric of “queer” and “queer theory”. Historically Queer Theory has been inscribed in a number of ways, and consequently, this course is not an attempt to define what Queer Theory is, but, rather, is concerned with providing a discussion of the genealogy of Queer Theory, a presentation of recent developments in Queer Studies, and give graduate students in Gender Studies training in approaching queer history and historical documents in various archives and museums.

Arrival May 7 (evening).


Day 1 (May 8)

9.30 - 9.45 Registration and coffee
9.45-10.00 Welcome
10-12.00 Lecture and discussion (Judith Halberstam):
The Anti-Social Turn in Queer Theory
12-13.00 Lunch
13-15.00 Discussion with Judith Halberstam of the readings related to “The Anti-Social Turn in Queer Theory”
15-15.30 Coffee break
15.30- 18/18.30 Group sessions with presentation and discussion of students' papers (4 groups led by J. Halberstam, T. Juvonen, T. Rosenberg, Nina Lykke).
19.00 Dinner

Day 2 (May 9)

10-12.00 Lecture and discussion (Tuula Juvonen):
Queering the Archives – Queer Action Research on Archival Practices
12-13.00 Lunch
13-15.00 Discussion with Tuula Juvonen of the readings related to “Queering the Archives”
15-15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 18/18.30 Group sessions with presentation and discussion of students' papers (4 groups).
19.00 Dinner

Day 3 (May 10)

10-12.00 Lecture and discussion (Tiina Rosenberg):
The Genealogies of Queer Theory: The Lesbian-Feminist Roots of Queer Theory
(Feminists were the first to challenge the assumption that a claim to universal identity (the white male straight citizen) should serve as the foundation of political thought and action. It is difficult to understand Queer Theory without understanding something about the specifically lesbian feminist tradition in theorizing gender and sexuality. This lecture examines, therefore, the lesbian feminist heritage of Queer Theory.)
12-13.00 Lunch
13-15.00 Discussion with Tiina Rosenberg of the readings related to “The Genealogies of Queer Theory”
15-15.15 Coffee break
15.15-16.15 Course evaluation


For Judith Halberstam:

Kathryn Bond Stockton, "Embracing Shame: "Black" and "Queer" in Debasement" from Beautiful Bottom.
Lee Edelman, "The Future is Kid's Stuff" from No Future.
Heather Love, "Spoiled identity" GLQ 7:4, pp. 487-519.
Michel Foucault, “Society Must be Defended”: Lectures at the College De France 1975-76 (New York: Picador, 1997): 1-22.
Roderick Ferguson, “Something Else to Be” in Toward A Queer of Color Critique (Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota UP, 2004).

For Tuula Juvonen:

Freedman, Estelle (1998) “The burning of letters continues”: Elusive identities and the historical construction of sexuality. Journal of Women’s History 9: 4 pp. 181—200.
Vicinus, Martha (1992) “They Wonder to Which Sex I Belong.The historical roots of the modern lesbian identity”, Feminist Studies, 18:3 pp. 467—497 or in The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. Abelove, Henry & Barale, Michele Anna & Halperin David M. (1993) (eds). New York: Routledge, pp.432—452.
Halperin, David (2000) “How to do the history of male homosexuality” GLQ, 6:1 pp. 87—124.
Chauncey, George (1994) Note on Sources. In Chauncey, George: Gay New York. Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940. Basic Books, New York, 365—370.
Lesbian History Group (eds.) (1989) Not a Passing Phase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History 1840- 1875. London: Women's Press, pp. 1—18 and 231—232.
Schwarz, Judith (1992) The Archivist’s Balancing Act: Helping researchers while protecting individual privacy. The Journal of American History 79 (June), pp. 179—189.
Duberman, Martin (1990) “’Writhing Bedfellows’ in Antebellum South Carolina: Historical Interpretation and the Politics of Evidence”, in Duberman, Martin & Vicinus, Martha & Chauncey, Jr, George (eds) Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past. Meridian, New York, pp. 153—168.
Chedgzoy, Kate (2005) In the Lesbian Archive. GLQ 11:3 pp. 457—467.
Newman, Sally (2002) Silent witness? Aileen Palmer and the problem of evidence in lesbian history. Women's History Review 11, 3, 505—530.
Cvetkovich, Ann (2003) An Archive of Feelings. Duke University Press, Durham, pp. 239—271 and 320—325.
Halberstam, Judith (2005) In a Queer Time and Place. Transgender Bodies and Subcultural Lives. New York University Press, pp 152—187 and 192 or Halberstam, Judith (2003) “What’s That Smell? Queer Temporalities and Subcultural Lives.” International Journal of Cultural Studies 6:3 pp. 313—333.

For Tiina Rosenberg:

On The Genealogies of Queer Theory: The Lesbian-Feminist Roots of Queer Theory:
Garber, Linda, Identity Poetics: Race, Class, and the Lesbian-Feminist Roots of Queer Theory, New York: Routledge, 2001.
William B. Turner, A Genealogy of Queer Theory, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000.

On the Genealogy of the Term Heteronormativity:

Brickell, Chris, “The Transformation of Heterosexism and Its Paradoxes”, in Chrys Inhgraham (red.) Thinking Straight. The Power, the Promise, and the Paradox of Heterosexuality, New York & London: Routledge, 2005 (heteronormativity)

Butler, Judith, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, New York & London, 1990, p. 151: footnote 6: (the heterosexual matrix)

Hennessy, Rosemary & Chris Ingraham, “Putting the Heterosexual Order in Crisis, Mediations, 16 [2], pp. 17-23 (heteronormativity)

Kosofsky Sedgwick, Eve, Epistemology of the Closet, Berkeley & Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1990, pp. 30-32 (heterosexism)

Rich, Adrienne, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence, Signs nr 5/1980 (compulsory heterosexuality)

Seidman, Steven, “Identity and Politics in a ‘Postmodern’ Gay Culture: Some Historical and Conceptual Notes, i Warner, Michael, Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory, Minneapolis & London: University of Minneapolis Press, 1993, s. 105-142 (heteronormativity)

Warner, Michael, ”Introduction”, Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory, Minneapolis & London: University of Minneapolis Press, 1993. s. vii-xxxi; “Fear of a Queer Planet”, in Social text, nr.29/1991 (heteronormativity).

Wittig, Monique, The Straight Mind and other Essays, Boston: Beacon Press, 1992, pp. 40-43 (the heterosexual contract).

If you need an introduction to Queer Theory:

Jagose, Annamaria, Queer Theory: An Introduction, New York: New York University Press, 1996 .
Hall, Donald E., Queer Theories, New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2003.
Sullivan, Nikki, A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2003.

(A reader will be sent out; however, the student must purchase or borrow the books.)

23 applicants, 19 participants: Denmark 1 (self-paying), Finland 6, Greece 1, Iceland 1, Italy 1, Norway/USA 2 (1 self-paying), Sweden 4 (2 self-paying), Sweden/UK 1, Sweden/USA 1, UK 1.

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