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Amos Oz
Renowned Israeli writer and peace activist Amos Oz delivers the Herman Wouk Visiting Lecture
Mandeville auditorium, April 22, 2013
Photo by Dirk Sutro, DAH

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BINDER LECTURE

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LECTURE BY KADJI AMIN

Disturbing Attachments, Deidealizing Queer Kinship 

Thursday, February 22nd 2018 5:00 - 6:30pm

Comunidad Room, Cross-Cultural Center

What historical and geopolitical attachments inform which objects might be theorized as “queer”? In Queer Studies, the project of valorizing deviance incites scholars to idealize queer social forms. This idealization is becoming increasingly untenable, however, as Queer Studies becomes a more diversified field that is attuned to multiple modes of social deviance and open to historical, empirical, and area studies scholarship. This talk proposes “attachment genealogy” as a method that traces the history of the emotional investments that inform queer theoretical analytics. It historicizes the idealization of queer kinship by considering kinship forms that, although most certainly “queer,” are not easily idealizable. The talk segues into a consideration of how early-twentieth century transplantation of ovaries and testicles across divides of gender, race, and species might deidealize trans* as a scholarly signifier of ontologically vital crossings.

Kadji Amin is Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University.

http://wgss.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/Amin-Kadji.html

https://www.dukeupress.edu/disturbing-attachments

SPONSORED BY UCSD DEPARTMENTS OF LITERATURE, HISTORY, ETHNIC STUDIES, THE PROGRAM IN CRITICAL GENDER STUDIES, AND SPACES

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