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Queer Theory Study Group Past Events

December 8, 2008: Reading Session - discussion of introductory chapter of Lee Adelman's (2004) book 'No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive' (Durham, Duke University Press).

February 4, 2009: Reading Session - discussion of article by Judith Halberstam (2008) 'The Anti-Social turn in Queer Studies', Journal of Graduate Studies, 5 (2): 140-156, available online at

February 7, 2009: Film showing of MILK (Gus Van Sant, 2008), Warwick Arts Centre followed by post-show discussion

Februrary 16, 2009: Judith Halberstam visit to Warwick University for workshop and public lecture.

March 2, 2009: Film screening of Derek Jarman's Edward II.

March 4, 2009: Reading Session: discussion of Alan Sinfield's 'Art as Cultural Production' in Cultural Politics Queer Reading (London: Routledge, 2005) 2nd edition.

May 6, 2009: Reading Session - discussion of Eve Sedgwick (2003) ‘Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading’, in Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity (Durham NC, Duke University Press), pp 123-51 and Jonathan Dollimore (2001) ‘Too Hot for Yale? The Challenge of Queer Theory’, in Sex, Literature and Censorship (Cambridge, Polity), pp 3-21.

June 16, 2009: ‘catching-up’ session for those who are not familiar with Judith Butler’s theory. Discussing: Butler's Gender Trouble, the first chapter, 'Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire’, together with 'Power/sex/gender', the first chapter from the recently published book Judith Butler and Political Theory: Troubling Politics (2008) by S. A. Chambers and Terrell Carver. This chapter re-examines Gender Trouble in particular, and makes it more accessible to the general reader.

August 26, 2009: further to 'catch up' session, reading of Judith Butler's Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative and, more specifically, on its introductory chapter "On Linguistic Vulnerability".

December 14, 2009: FILM SHOWING of Paris is Burning (Jennie Lingston, 1990), in The Writer’s Room in the CAPITAL Centre (Millburn House). Paris Is Burning is a documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the poor, African American and Latino gay and transgendered community involved in it. Many consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.

January 21 2010: 'Cineforum' is being run by members of the Italian department in order to screen films and have (lively) conversations about them afterwards. This term we're looking at gender - first women in Italy, and secondly homosexuality - and we oscillate between documentaries and fictions.

  • Alternative Italies: A cineforum
  • The second season of our cineforum starts with an exceptional double bill exploring issues of gender in contemporary Italy:
  • Vogliamo anche le rose & Il corpo delle donne

  • Two independent documentaries aim to map out the recent history of women's struggles and critique their image in the mainstream: Vogliamo anche le rose focuses on the deep change brought on by the feminist movement in Italy during the 1970s, whilst Il corpo delle donne exposes the objectification of women on Italian TV. For the whole programme of films click here

June 2, 2010: “Gendering the Illness Metaphor” – will seek to examine the social construction of HIV/AIDS in relation to queer and gender identities. It will focus in particular on how women were affected by the assumptions which HIV/AIDS provoked in the collective imagination of the 1980s and 1990s North America and Europe.

The session will discuss selected excerpts from Susan Sontag's Aids and Its Metaphors and Cindy Patton's Last Served? Gendering the HIV Pandemic.

A reading group has been set up which investigates the ways in which feminist and LGBT rights discourses are increasingly being co-opted to pursue a nationalist and racist agenda.

These are some of the questions that the group are hoping to address:
* How do we resist justifications for war on the basis of appeals to women's and queer rights?
* Is it possible to show solidarity without patronising LGBTQI struggles elsewhere?
* Is secularism compulsory for LGBTQI people, and what does this mean for those who profess a faith?
* Does the focus on legal rights such as joining the army or gay marriage represent the only idea of liberation?
These are the details of the three meetings which will happen in Coventry city centre:
6.30pm Tuesdays 18 January, 1 & 15 February 2011, upstairs in Habibi Restaurant, 142 Far Gosford Street CV1 5DY Coventry.
To let us know you are coming and access the readings, please email us: