LGBTQ+ Western and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program are grateful to everyone who participated in the inaugural Queering Research Series during 2019-20.
This academic year, we are excited to present Queering Research 2020-21: Racial Justice, Health Justice. Centering Black lives, Black intellectuals, and Black artists, this year’s QR Series focuses on the theme of racial and health justice. With our programming this year, we aim to support and spur discussion, engagement, activism, and creativity about care and caretaking, protecting life and mourning death, and collectively pressing on for liberation in ways that are joyful, loving, and resistant.
We welcome students, faculty, and staff to engage with us in discussions, talks, and workshops. All events will be held remotely; for access details and readings, please self-enroll in the Queering Research Series 2020-21 Canvas course at https://wwu.instructure.com/enroll/XMKRG3.
Discussion of the introduction to Black Queer Studies and Cathy Cohen’s “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens”
Wednesday, October 14, 4:00 p.m.
Post-Election discussion space
Wednesday, November 4, 4:00 p.m.
T.J. Tallie (Assistant Professor of History, University of San Diego)
Thursday, November 12, 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Tallie specializes in comparative settler colonial and imperial history, with a focus on South Africa. His interests, broadly defined, involve colonialism, gender and racial identity, indigeneity, and religious expression. Dr. Tallie’s publications include Queering Colonial Natal: Indigeneity and the Violence of Belonging in South Africa (Minnesota UP, 2019) and the recent Nursing Clio article “Asymptomatic Lethality: Cooper, COVID-19, and the Potential for Black Death.”
Check back here for information about more events as they are scheduled.
Queer methods have been said to “offer a framework for ‘making space for what is’ as they illuminate the messy and chaotic interstices across theory, lived experience, and practice” (Brim and Ghaziani 2016, 17). With a commitment to making space for what is and what is possible, the Queering Research series invites the Western community to critically examine the ways colonialism and normative understandings of sexuality, gender, race, ability, economic power, and knowledge acquisition and production inform relationships of social and administrative power. What can the un-settlings offered by queer methods teach us about power, desire, resistance, and the possibilities for individual and collective efforts to do justice within our disciplines and our lives? How, in turn, can these insights inform the teaching of research methodologies and the canons of research contained in the curriculum? Please join us for these explorations.
Events in the series are intended for people with varying levels of familiarity with queer theory and methods. All events are open to all students, faculty, and staff. For disability accommodations please contact LGBTQ@wwu.edu.