Queer Theory "from" Africa, Queer Memory/Lesbian Activism and the First Gay Novel in Chinese

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We are very excited to present the third in our series of fortnightly Queer Theory Research Lunches. Each event will comprise of three Oxford-based researchers from across the humanities and social sciences speaking for ten minutes each about how their work engages with queer theory, followed by half an hour of group discussion.

We aim to facilitate a space in which those whose work currently engages with queer theory can network. We also wish to provide an opportunity for all those at Oxford who are interested in queer theory to find out how it is being used here and how they themselves might engage with it, without any requirement of prior preparation.

This week, Dr Thomas Hendriks (African Studies) will speak about queer theory „from” Africa. Emma Day (DPhil American History) will discuss how the queer theory of memory informs her research on lesbian activists in New York and California who carried out civil disobedience protests at political funerals to counter the invisibility of lesbian risk during the AIDS crisis. Flair Donglai Shi (DPhil English) will use the feminist action film So Close (2005) to counter the antagonist divisions proposed by Sinophone Studies by arguing that queer theory can help us uncover connections among 'the first gay novel in Chinese in East Asia.

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

Meet us at the Merton Porter’s Lodge by 12:30 and we will walk to the Mure Room together.

All are very welcome to attend, including undergraduate students and non-academic staff.

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Queer Studies Network

Contact name: Ruth Ramsden-Karelse

Contact email: ruth.ramsden-karelse@merton.ox.ac.uk

Audience: Open to all