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InterGender Thematic workshop with Judith Halberstam: Keywords in Queer Studies

May 18-20, 2009

Centre for Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden

We can identify a major paradigm shift in the field of queer studies today, as the last few years have seen the emergence of a body of queer scholarship that situates the study of sexuality at the intersection of questions of race, nationalism, globalization and militarism. This new framing of queer studies powerfully challenges the white normativity of some earlier strands of sexuality studies, and the implicit heteronormativity of some strands of U.S. ethnic studies and postcolonial studies. This course will explore this new paradigm of queer studies as it takes shape in recently published books by scholars such as Juana Maria Rodriguez, Roderick Ferguson, Martin Manalansan, Jose Esteban Munoz, Ann Cvetkovich and Gayatri Gopinath. We will trace the critical genealogies of this recent scholarship through the works of Foucault, Freud, Hall, Derrida and others. The course will be organized around particular “keywords” (to borrow from Raymond Williams) that have gained cross-disciplinary salience in queer studies. Seminar participants are encouraged to develop critical genealogies of their own “keywords.”

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