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(Re)situating Queer Theory on the Critical Left

A Morning Seminar at Warwick University, Friday 22 May 2015, 10.30am - 1pm

The seminar aims to explore and debate two influential recent attempts to (re)situate queer theory within the broader field of critical social and cultural theory on the Left:

  • James Penney, After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics (London: Pluto, 2014)
  • Razmig Keucheyan, Hémisphère Gauche : une cartographie des nouvelles pensées critiques (Paris: La Découverte, 2nd ed. 2013). Also available in English, as The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today (London: Verso, 2013), tr. Gregory Elliott.

This exploratory seminar is intended principally for early-career academics and post-graduate researchers in French Studies, Sociology, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Women’s Studies and related areas. Participants are invited to offer a 5-10 minute paper, which could explore an aspect of either or both texts, in isolation or in relation to the speaker’s own work. Participants are asked to signal their desire to take part to Oliver Davis (O dot Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk) by 1 May 2015 and also to indicate whether or not they would like to deliver a short paper. Selected participants will be invited to develop their paper into a submission for the edited volume arising out of the research project to which this workshop is attached. Invited participants who have already confirmed their attendance at this seminar include Oliver Davis (French Studies, Warwick), Elliot Evans (French, KCL), Hector Kollias (French, KCL), Kayte Stokoe (French Studies, Warwick), Matthew Waites (Sociology, Glasgow).

The seminar will take place in Room R0.3-4, Ramphal Building (Main Campus). Room R0.03-4 is an accessible room on the Ground Floor of the Ramphal Building on the main campus of Warwick University.

Travel directions to the campus may be found here. For a map of the campus (the Ramphal Building is number 53, square D4) please see here.

All are welcome. Please contact Oliver Davis with any questions (O dot Davis at warwick dot ac dot uk) A full programme will be published here in due course.

An Afternoon Critical Sexology in the Midlands Seminar: Queer/Coercion, Friday 22 May 2015, 2 - 5pm

The reading seminar will be followed in the afternoon of the same day by a Critical Sexology in the Midlands public research seminar entitled Queer/Coercion, for which participants in the morning reading seminar are very welcome to stay on (both seminars will take place in the same room, R0.03-4). Papers include:

  • Alex Dymock (Law, Criminology and Sociology, Royal Holloway), ‘Eroticising retribution?: criminalising “revenge pornography”’
  • Marc Lafrance (Sociology, Concordia), ‘The Dark Side of Camp: Violence Against Men in Popular Music Videos Made by Women’
  • Matthew Waites (Sociology, Glasgow), ‘Queering Genocide’

Respondents: Oliver Davis (French Studies, Warwick) and Kayte Stokoe (French Studies, Warwick).

For further information about Queer/Coercion, including rationale, paper abstracts and speaker biographies, please click here.