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Gender and Sexuality Law Queer Theory Workshop w/Joseph Fischel on Transcendent Homosexuals and Dangerous Sex Offenders: Sexual Harm and Freedom in the Judicial Imaginary

The Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and Columbia University Institute for Research on Women and Gender cordially invite you to:

Queer Theory Workshop: Queer Morphologies
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 4:20 p.m., Case Lounge
(Amsterdam Avenue and 116th Street, 7th floor)

Transcendent Homosexuals and Dangerous Sex Offenders: Sexual Harm and Freedom in the Judicial Imaginary
Joseph Fischel
Political Science, University of Chicago
Commentator: Beck Young, Women’s Studies, Barnard

Please read the paper in advance: Hard copies of the paper will be available outside Room 600.2 (west wing corridor) of Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School. The paper is also available for download here: http://www.law.columbia.edu/null/download?&exclusive=filemgr.download&file_id=542100.

For more information, please visit: http://www.law.columbia.edu/center_program/gendersexuality/colloquium

The Queer Theory Workshop at Columbia Law School together with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender will run a workshop/lecture series in the spring of 2011 reflecting on the current state of Queer Theory. Queer Theory emerged as a way of thinking about the social and cultural condition that cut diagonally across Feminist, Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Studies, which quickly proliferated into a series of theoretically and disciplinarily inflected approaches. This lecture series asks what conceptual, topical, and rhetorical forms have emerged over the last decade–and why these? What is the history of present *queer* approaches to social, political and cultural life, and what might be their legacies? We are particularly interested in reflections on Queer Theory’s contemporary focus on affect, friendship, intimacy, and kinship and the rhetorical forms these seem to demand or solicit, particularly in light of the prominence of marriage debates in the West, the emergence of Islamaphobia in the North, and portraits of sexual colonialism in the South.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Katherine Franke and Suzanne Goldberg
Co-Directors
Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

Save the Dates:

March 29
Why Are the Drag Queens Laughing
David Halperin
English, University of Michigan

April 12
Queer Theory, Queer Children, and Kid Orientalism: The Sexual Child in a Racialized World
Kathryn Stockton
English, University of Utah
Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

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