|Queer Studies Research Group||
The Queer Studies Research Group is a graduate reading group that meets several times a semester to read and discuss works of canonical, important, or emerging queer theory, as well as gender, sexuality, and intersectional theory broadly conceived. We also are strongly interested in trans* and queer literature, poetry, and media, including film. Furthermore, we are committed to fostering queer and trans* studies work by our members and within the Rutgers community, so we are a place for members to discuss and present their own work. We emphasize and support work that recognizes the critical contributions to trans* and queer theory of feminism, critical race studies, postcolonial studies, disability studies, class studies, and other fields of identity politics and theory. While the Queer Studies Research Group emerges from the English Department, we hope to encourage interdisciplinary research and political work, connecting queer literature, media, representations, politics, and the lived experience of trans and queer individuals and communities.
We hope to be an anti-racist and tran*-positive space that emphasizes and prioritizes the work and lives of LGBTQQAI2 people (lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans/queer/questioning/asexual/intersex/Two-Spirit) and resists the reduction of marginalized people to experiences to be theorized about. We are committed to fighting against homonormativity and the erasure of gender-variant people, non-normative sexualities, people of color, and all others not represented by queer theories that take the white gay able-bodied cisgender middle-class male as the representative and symbol of queerness.
In the past, we have read political and theoretical works by Sara Ahmed, Audre Lorde, Judith Halberstam, Adrienne Rich, Leo Bersani, Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman, Achille Mbembe, Michel Foucault, Dean Spade, Michael Hames-García, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Eve Sedgwick, Jasbir Puar, David Halperin, and others. For upcoming semesters, who hope to consider theory, activism, poetry, biography, and literature by such authors as Lee Edelman, Heather Love, Judith Butler, Cherríe Moraga, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Monique Wittig, and Cheryl Clarke. We also want to possibly watch various canonical and new queer and trans* films and documentaries such as The Laramie Project, Weekend, The Celluloid Closet, Spork, XXY, and others. We are open, as always, to the suggestions and interests of our members, however, so come and propose something!
FALL 2013 MEETINGS
Sept 24th (Tues), 1 PM, location TBA: selections from Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider: "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action," "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power" (optionalish), "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House," "Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference," "The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism" (optional), and also the poem "Litany for Survival" (optional) (http://www.interactivetheatre.org/resc/litany.html
October 16th (Wed), 11:30 AM, location TBA: selections from Sharon Patricia Holland's 2012 book The Erotic Life of Racism.
November 13th (Weds) at 4:30 (?), location TBA: a showing and brief discussion of Paris is Burning.