Spring 2018 | CUNY Graduate Center | IDS 70100: Introduction to Queer Studies


Queernesses (agm)

Sitting down to compile contributions for the early stages of a Queer Open Education Resource, I began to wonder what information, concepts, lived experiences, histories, identities, bodies, theories, theorizing, orientations, expressions, oppressions, intersections, critiques, legacies, discriminations, insecurities, rights, protections, freedoms, accessibility, colonization, racialization, and privileges would/should/could be included? What would a reimagined Queer Canon look like? How has the Queer Canon evolved? What does queerness look like today? Is queer, as a term/word/concept, accessible? What makes it accessible? With the mainstreaming of LGBTIQ culture, and the growing visibility (and backlash) of LGBTIQ rights, protections, and freedoms, LGBTIQ representation (both positive and negative) has augmented at an astonishing rate; and so, I come back to, my initial question, what would/should/could be included? For now, I cast a wide net. From contemporary queer thinkers, like Jack Halberstam and Lisa Duggan, to informative articles and pieces by Audre Lorde, to the evolution of the GayShame movement and remarkable articles by Hari Ziyad, my list attempts to underscore the notion that queerness is not homogeneous. Pairing with this I include contemporary policy, advocacy, and global accounts to show another side; despite its own list of woulds, shoulds, and coulds.


Info about San Francisco’s Gay Shame Movement 


Contemporary critical queer thinker blogs and direct post by Lisa Duggan 


Cynthia Weber, Queer International Relations scholar

  • https://thedisorderofthings.com/2016/11/21/queer-international-relations-a-symposium/


Andre Lorde


Paisley Currah’s blog (co-editor of TSQ and Professor of Political Science and Women and Gender Studies)


Amazing blog by Emi Koyama who, “is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life.” 


Hari Ziyad’s articles: “Their work is informed by their passion for storytelling and wrestling with identity as a Black, non-binary child of Muslim and Hindu parents while growing up in Cleveland. Hari primarily creates art engaging with identity, race, gender and sexuality, ally politics and the arts.”


Interview with authors of Queer: A Graphic History, a non-fiction graphic novel

Online LGBT Archive: “The glbtq project was founded in 2000 by Publisher Wik Wikholm to create the world’s largest encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture and history and to deliver it online. The contents of the encyclopedia were formed and overseen by General Editor Claude Summers, Copy Editor Ted-Larry Pebworth, and Assistant to the Editor Linda Rapp. After more than two years of work, the site launched in 2003….The website closed on August 1, 2015 because of the collapse of the online advertising business model that had supported it.”


Reports on corrective rape in South Africa


International LGBT(IQ) advocacy groups/efforts


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