The Queer Theory Research Cluster presents:
Chandan Reddy, English, University of Washington
From Marriage to Milk: Race and the Political Economy of Sexuality
THURSDAY, May 21 / 4 PM / Humanities 210
Professor Reddy’s talk intervenes in recent discussions within queer theory about the possibilities and impossibilities of queer representation within the political sphere. He engages the "anti-social" turn in queer theory, a form of critique that locates the disruptive potency of queerness in its exemplary status as the limit of social incorporation and social reproduction. Reddy takes up the “marriage equality movement” and Gus Van Sant’s Milk (2008) as 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, one that exits 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 the topic of race, sexuality, and late capitalism, which have appeared in such journals as Social Text and Fordham Law Review, as well as in numerous anthologies. Reddy was a founding member of the Audre Lorde Project: a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, and Transgender People of Color Organizing Center, and remains active in queer of color cultural politics. He is currently completing a book, Desiring Modernity: Race, Sexuality, and Epistemologies of Violence.
For more information, contact Greg Youmans, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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