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The Queer Theory Research Cluster Presents:

Chandan Reddy, Department of English, University of Washington

“From Marriage to Milk: Race and the Political Economy of Sexuality”

Thursday, October 15 / 4-6 PM / Humanities 210

Professor Reddy’s talk intervenes in queer theoretical discussions about queer representation in the political sphere. He engages the “anti-social” turn in queer theory, in which queerness reveals to all social subjects the loss of particularity and personal liberty that attends social and political representation. Professor Reddy takes up the “marriage equality movement” and Gus Van Sant’s Milk (2008)—the recent cinematic portrayal of the emergence of so-called modern gay politics in the 1970s—as his “cases” for diagnosing the limits of the anti-social position. He argues that queer of color critique offers an alternative understanding of the political economy of sexuality that overcomes the limiting opposition between a politicization of queer marginality and the queer anti-social critique of politics.

Chandan Reddy is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Washington. He has authored a number of essays and articles on race, sexuality, and late capitalism, which have appeared in such journals as Social Text and Fordham Law Review. He was a founding member of the Audre Lorde Project: a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Two Spirit People of Color Organizing Center, and remains active in queer of color cultural politics. He is completing a book, Desiring Modernity: Race, Sexuality, and Epistemologies of Violence (Duke, forthcoming).

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Co-sponsored by History of Consciousness, Literature, and the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center.

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