ZKF Public Talk: New Developments in Queer Studies
Mittwoch, 23. November 2022
17 bis 19 Uhr
Bischofsvilla + online
Vortragende Person/Vortragende Personen:
Roundtable with Contributions by Dr. Sam McBean (Queen Mary University of London) and Prof. Dr. Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). Moderation: Dr. Jonas Kellermann
Ever since its emergence in the early 1990s, queer theory has developed into one of the most invigorating theoretical approaches in the humanities, revealing new insights not just on sexuality and identity but also on topics as far-reaching as politics, culture, and history. Once a scholarly niche, queer theory and its corresponding field of queer studies have become so deeply embedded in the academy that in their 2019 collection Tyler Bradway and E. L. McCallum have prompted the provocative question whether we have indeed reached the point of being “after queer studies”.
This roundtable will bring together two of the leading voices in queer studies to discuss the current state of the field and its potential for future development. While Elahe Haschemi Yekani (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) will explore queer diasporic artistic practice and aesthetics in contemporary literature, Sam McBean (Queen Mary University London) will consider contemporary practices and discourses of death and grief in the queer community. Negative affects and intersectionality have been foundational to queer theoretical thinking not least due to the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis. In light of the current political climate in the Western world that puts the achievements of queer activism increasingly at risk, these issues have gained poignant new relevancy. This roundtable will therefore also offer a platform to discuss queer theory as a means to engage with the contemporary moment.
Meeting-ID: 915 3170 7702