A collaborative endeavor bringing together graduate students and faculty members, the Queer Theory Research Cluster meets to discuss recent, innovative work in the field of lesbian, gay, trans- studies and queer theory, as well as foundational earlier texts and movements, to prepare for occasional visiting speakers, and to organize an annual mini-conference or symposium.
Periods of interest range from classical antiquity to contemporary culture; geographic specializations and linguistic foci span the globe; disciplines represented by members include but are not limited to art history, anthropology, cultural studies, literature, history and history of consciousness. Several persistent questions have continually influenced and anchored our examinations of sexual identities, practices, and communities, informed by our varied interests and specializations; these questions shape themselves around the relationships between gendered and sexual identities, as well as the intersections between marginalized sexualities and race and class formations. The productive and sometimes conflicted alliance of the emerging field of queer theory with its more academically institutionalized predecessor and kin, feminism, is another issue we address both implicitly and explicitly in our research.
Carla Freccero, Literature
Peter Limbrick, Film and Digital Media
Anjali Arondekar, Feminist Studies
Irene Gustafson, Film and Digital Media
Marcia Ochoa, Community Studies
B. Ruby Rich, Community Studies