Queering Citizenship


"Queering Citizenship" explores the fundamental question: is queer citizenship possible? The contestation of citizenship in the U.S. and transnationally makes this question unavoidable for queer and feminist scholars. Provincializing European political history and Western liberal democracy, students will use queer theory to consider the costs of exclusion from, as well as inclusion in, citizenship. We will consider how 'queerness' as a concept and queer theory as a method of analysis can inform our understanding of nationalism, democratic formations, citizenship, transnational labor flows, colonialism and capitalism. Students will also get at questions of the cultural specificity of queer's anti-normative critique. Topics of discussion include the ways gender and sexuality constitute the role of the citizen; the relationship between citizenship and labor; how citizenship is "performed"; grassroots organizing through alternative citizenships; the politics of transgender recognition; homonationalism; and queer complicity in settler colonial state violence and the ascendency of global whiteness. We will also examine case studies of queer politics to compare different constructions of gender/sexuality/race across citizenship regimes. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of citizenship regimes on multiple continents and identify political alternatives to existing, state-centric solutions to violence and marginalization. Pre-Requisite: L77 100B or consent of instructor. Waitlists controlled by Department; priority given to WGSS majors.
Course Attributes: EN S; BU BA; AS LCD; AS SSC; AS SD I; FA SSC; AR SSC