Queer Intersections

• taught in April-May 2019 (Semester 2, block 2)
• 5-6 meetings (final number to be determined)
In this course, we will explore a mix of seminal and very recent interventions in queer thinking. More specifically, we will study the intersections between queer theory and other fields, such as political theory, critical race theory, disability studies, and others. The aim is not to provide students with a comprehensive survey of queer intersectional interventions, but rather to give them a sense of how queerness and queer thinking are able to disrupt normative and oppressive assumptions in a variety of fields of study, including hopefully the students’ own research areas. (This said, we will also talk about how queerness can align itself with normativity.)
Possible readings are from Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera, Roderick A. Ferguson’s Aberrations in Black, Jack Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure, Jasbir K. Puar’s Terrorist Asemblages, Paul Preciado’s Testo Junkie, José Muñoz’s Cruising Utopia, Dean Spade’s Normal Life, Melanie Yergeau’s Authoring Autism, and Telathia Nikki Young’s Black Queer Ethics. This list may change until the spring of 2019. My plan is to finalize the reading list with the enrolled students shortly before the beginning of the course.
The course will be grounded in slow and close reading with ample room for discussions and student interventions. (You can think of it as a reading group.) Students will be invited to select the readings for the last session of the course. At the end of the course, students will write a paper.