Thursday 16th to Friday 17th October, 2014
Conference Room, Level 1 A D Hope Bldg (14), ANU
Gender Institute & SLLL, ANU
â€˜The rejection of essentialism,â€™ David Halperin writes in How to be Gay (2012), â€˜did not prevent the original founders of queer theory from asking â€œWhat do Queers want?â€â€™. In her Object Lessons (2012), Robyn Wiegman explores the political and institutional effects of scholarly attachments to objects of knowledge. Queer theory is, for Wiegman, one of several â€˜identity knowledgesâ€™ that share a commitment to social justice and that can teach us lessons about what and how we want. More thanÂ two decades after queer theoryâ€™s emergence, presenters at this symposium are invited to engage with queer as an object and with the object lessons of queer theory.
- Camp objects and aesthetics
- Screens and closets
- Queer knowledge: secrets and revelations
- Queer archives and ephemera
- Queer bodies and voices
- Queer as death drive / form of life.