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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AMST 8920: New Directions in U.S. Based Queer Studies

AMST 8920: NEW DIRECTIONS in U.S.-Based Queer Studies will be taught by Prof. Kale Fajardo spring 2012 on Wednesdays 3:35 - 5:30pm. Inspired by Jack Halberstam, Jose Munoz, and David Eng's 2008 essay, "What's Queer About Queer Studies Now?" this course stresses reading post-2005 books and essays in queer studies.

We will, for example, think about queer studies and projects in the context of the U.S. 'war on terror,' neoliberalism, capitalism, out-migration, and 'global gay' discourses in the U.S. and internationally. Participants will read and constructively critique new works by Jack Halberstam, Scott Herring, Karen Tongson, and Chandan Reddy among others. This course will be useful to graduate students preparing queer studies reading lists for oral exams and, of course, those with queer studies research agendas. Advanced undergrads with solid backgrounds in gender, feminist, queer or ethnic studies are also welcome to enroll. Contact Professor Fajardo if you need a permission code.