Wildness is a great category with which to think. It references all at once the opposite of civilization; the idea of unsorted relations to knowledge and being; nature after nature; queerness after and before nature, and life as an encounter with both the bio-political forces of being and the necro-political forces of unbecoming. We will start by locating wildness as a disorderly and disordering discursive frame and then move to the topics of decolonial bewilderment, race and sexuality, anarchy and destitution, animal politics.
- Chisholm, Dianne (2010): Biophilia, Creative Involution, and the Ecological Future of Queer Desire. In: Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands & Erickson, Bruce (eds.): Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire. 359-382.
- Halberstam, Jack (2019 upcoming): Becoming Feral: Sex, Death and Falconry. In: Halberstam, Jack: Wild Things: Sexuality After Nature. Chapter 3.
- Hartmann, Saidiya (2018): The Anarchy of Colored Girls. Assembled in a Riotous Manner. In: The South Atlantic Quarterly, 117:3. 465-490.
- Sandilands, Catriona (2001): From Unnatural Passions to Queer Nature. In: Alternatives Journal, 27:3. 30-35.
Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of six books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and, most recently, a short book titled Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance (University of California Press). Places Journal awarded Halberstam its Arcus/Places Prize in 2018 for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality and the built environment. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING: QUEER THEORY AFTER NATURE on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.
In addition to an input lecture by Jack Halberstam and a discussion of the texts, you will also have the opportunity to discuss your own theses and dissertations as well as current research projects in related areas during the workshop. For this purpose, please send us a current abstract of your work until the registration deadline.
Registrations until 05.01.2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Target Groups: M, E, A, P, HS.
Time: Thursday, 16.01.2020
Location: Campus Westend, Seminarhouse, Room 3.105.