Queering Displacement: Race, Sexuality and Space

Fall 2017 (Laura Fugikawa) – 13 Students

Queering Displacement is an upper-level interdisciplinary seminar that draws from contemporary theories of race, gender and sexuality to examine the relationship between specific communities and state-sanctioned displacements in the 20th and 21st centuries. What is the relationship between spaces such as reservations, inner cities, prisons and housing projects and the state’s intent to manage non-normative bodies? How are removal and displacement deployed as strategies to eradicate queer bodies? In this course, we explore how raced and sexualized bodies are constructed as a threat and what kinds of state power and cultural power mobilized to contain the threats. Prerequisites: SWG 150. Credits: 4