Queer Then and Now - The David R. Kessler Lectures, 2002–2020 Book
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An essential anthology of leading academics, activists, and artists on the state of queer studies today.
The David R. Kessler Lectures, established in 1992 by CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York, represent the cutting edge of queer studies in the United States. Queer Then and Now collects the lectures given from 2002 to 2020 by some of the most influential scholars, artists, and activists of the last two decades—Adrienne Rich, Amber Hollibaugh, Cathy J. Cohen, Cheryl Clarke, Dean Spade, Douglas Crimp, Gayle Rubin, Isaac Julien, Jasbir K. Puar, Jonathan Ned Katz, Martin Duberman, Richard Fung, Roderick A. Ferguson, Sara Ahmed, Sarah Schulman, Susan Stryker, and Urvashi Vaid—alongside new reflections and two scholarly roundtables.
Diverse and dynamic, these lectures and intertextual conversations tackle some of today’s most important interventions from the margins—including the growth of trans studies, the synergy and disconnect between theory and activism, the role of LGBTQ+ art and media, and the challenge of transnational and postcolonial theory. Charting the intellectual development of queer studies after the 1990s, Queer Then and Now lays the groundwork for queer thinking in the twenty-first century and beyond.
“Queer Then and Now is the balm we need to remind us in this moment that we must always stay vigilant against white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, and fake moral panic. For as the lectures collected here index, every iterative “turn” in queer studies has emerged to address the multiple assaults on queer liberation. Chronicling the past twenty years of scholarship and activism, this volume is an essential addition to the queer studies archive.”
E. Patrick Johnson, author of Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women
“A startlingly relevant collection of essays from cutting-edge queer thinkers and activists, Queer Then and Now combines a deep archive with trenchant reflections on what it means to seek justice, foster community, and shed the shackles of respectability in our unfolding present. By enlarging who and what constitutes queer, this series of diverse provocations invites us to fight for better ways of living.”
Amber Jamilla Musser, author of Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance
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