Queer Futures

Reconsidering Ethics, Activism, and the Political

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  • Edited by Elahe Haschemi Yekani, University of Flensburg, Germany, Eveline Kilian, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany and Beatrice Michaelis, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
  • Series: Queer Interventions
  • Following debates surrounding the anti-social turn in queer theory in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the role of activism, the limits of the political, and the question of normativity and ethics. Queer Futures engages with these concerns, exploring issues of complicity and agency with a central focus on the material and economic as well as philosophical dimensions of sexual politics. Presenting some of the latest research in queer theory, this book draws together diverse perspectives to shed light on possible ‘queer futures’ when different affective, temporal, and local contexts are brought into play. As such, it will appeal to scholars of cultural, political, literary, and social theory, as well as those with interests in gender and sexuality, activism, and queer theory.
  • Contents: Introducing queer futures, Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Eveline Kilian and Beatrice Michaelis; Section I Framing Activism, Adrian de Silva; No fat future? The uses of anti-social queer theory for fat activism, Francis Ray White; Cripping the visual: visual politics in crip queer activism, Heike Raab; Intersexualization and queer anarchist futures, Lena Eckert; Beyond the politics of inclusion: securitization and agential formations in Brazilian LGBT parades, Jan Simon Hutta; Pink prisons, rosy futures? The prison politics of the pink triangle, Dominique Grisard. Section II Beyond the Political?, Vojin Saša Vukadinovic; Race, sex, and the incommensurate: Gary Fisher with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, José Esteban Muñoz; The Third World queer, Bobby Benedicto; Queers in concrete: media and intervention, Amy Villarejo. Section III Ethical Challenges and the Lures of Normativity, Jens Borcherding; Queering the inorganic, Jeffrey J. Cohen; The queer ethic and the spirit of normativity, Roderick A. Ferguson; Queer betrayals, Jack Halberstam; Queer theory does it raw: the sociopolitical (un)intelligibility of barebackers’ bodies, Aidan T.A. Varney; Affirm survival: on queer strategies of resistance at queer funerals, Ingeborg Svensson; Index.
  • About the Editor: Elahe Haschemi Yekani is Professor of English Literature at the University of Flensburg, Germany.
    Eveline Kilian is Professor of English Literature and Culture and Co-Director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

    Beatrice Michaelis is Head of Research and Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany.
  • Reviews: ‘This is an extremely timely collection of work from emerging and established queer scholars. It offers an interdisciplinary and international consideration of the state of play within queer theory and politics; thoroughly addressing key theoretical debates, and pertinently reflecting on issues central to conceptualizations and practices of queer ethics and politics. Queer Futures works against a wave of queer despondency, pointing instead to a vivid queer future.’
    Sally Hines, University of Leeds, UK

    ‘As queer studies embraces, rejects, looks backward from, or anticipates the future, expansive transnational and transtemporal conversations such as the one staged by this groundbreaking anthology highlight the field’s vitality. Imagining queer agency and varied forms of global belonging from Manila to Rio de Janeiro to Stonehenge, this collection redefines what matters in, and the matter of, queer theory now.’
    Robert McRuer, George Washington University, USA