Doing Queer Studies Now

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4/10: Tiffany Ball

Tiffany Ball (English and Women’s Studies
“The Interests of E.M. Forster’s *Howards End*: Feeling, Femininity,
and the History of Feminism”
Friday, April 10
12–1:30 pm
G240 Lane Hall


2/26: Ramzi Fawaz on *Angels in America*

Please join the Doing Queer Studies Now workshop on Thursday, February 26th, from 12–1:30 pm for the following paper and discussion:

“I Cherish My Bile Duct as Much as Any Other Organ”: Political Disgust and the Digestive Life of AIDS in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America

Ramzi Fawaz
University of Wisconsin—Madison

The paper is available on the DQSN CTools site now. For a copy of the paper and/or access to the site, email Scott De Orio at

The event will be held in G239 Lane Hall.

Please see the DQSN website at for updates and announcements.

Lunch will be provided; if you’re able, please RSVP so we order enough food.

2/20: Lunch workshop with Stephen Molldrem

Join DQSN for a lunch workshop with Stephen Molldrem this Friday, Feb.
20, 12–1:30 pm in G240 Lane Hall.  Stephen’s dissertation prospectus draft, titled “Queer Subjects of the Nation-State: Gay Men, Health, Data, and the Administration of Homosexual Life in the United States, 1996–2010s,” is available under “Resources” on our CTools site.

DQSN Events Winter 2015

Mark your calendars!  The Doing Queer Studies Now workshop is hosting the following events this semester:

  1. Dinner with historian of science Patrick Singy on Wed., 1/28.  Singy is giving a public lecture with LGQRI the day before titled “Danger and Difference: The Stakes of Hebephilia.”
  2. Dissertation prospectus workshop with Stephen Molldrem (American Culture) on Fri., 2/20, 12-1:30 pm in G239 Lane Hall
  3. Lunch workshop with Ramzi Fawaz, author of The New Mutants: Comic Book Superheroes and Popular Fantasy in Postwar America (NYU, forthcoming), on Thurs., 2/26, 12-1:30 pm, location TBD
  4. Public lecture with Christina Hanhardt, author of Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence (Duke, 2013), on Thur., 3/19, 2-3:30 pm, 2239 Lane Hall
  5. Graduate student professionalization workshop with Hanhardt, 3/19, 4-5:30 pm, G239 Lane Hall

Patrick Singy Lecture with LGQRI

The Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI) presents
Patrick Singy
“Danger & Difference: The Stakes of Hebephilia”

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
4:00 p.m.

2239 Lane Hall
204 S. State Street, Ann Arbor

In 2008 the diagnostic category of “hebephilia” (erotic preference for “pubescent children,” or young adolescents) was suggested for inclusion in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5, published May 2013). Immediately a vehement debate arose over whether or not this condition should be considered a disease, and in 2012 the proposal to include hebephilia in DSM-5 was finally rejected. In this talk Patrick Singy argues that the debate about the diagnostic validity of hebephilia was profoundly misguided. Diagnosis of hebephilia plays a role in “sexually violent predator” (SVP) laws, which can preventively deprive “dangerous” people of their liberty if, and only if, they are deemed mentally ill—for instance, by suffering from hebephilia. Singy contends that the legal requirement of mental illness for the application of SVP laws serves both to identify the most dangerous people and, more covertly, to define them as quasi-animals, outside humanity, and thus to safeguard the laws’ constitutionality in a liberal context. According to Singy the requirement fails on both counts, and the debate over hebephilia should have targeted this unsound requirement itself. Instead, because it focused on the issue of diagnostic validity, the hebephilia debate rested implicitly on an acceptance of the requirement of mental illness for application of SVP laws.
Patrick Singy is an adjunct professor at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He received his PhD in history and philosophy of science from the University of Chicago in 2004 and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and Columbia University, as well as a scholar-in-residence in the Bioethics Center at Union Graduate College.

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Doing Queer Studies Now and the American History Workshop present

“Is All Gay Politics Local? Postwar Urban History and Spatial Scale”

A public lecture by Timothy Stewart-Winter

Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers–Newark
Friday, October 24
12:30-2 pm
1014 Tisch Hall

For half a century after its founding in the early 1950s, the American gay movement grew in the soil of big-city politics. Indeed, until recently nearly all of the gay movement’s successes occurred at the state and local level, largely out of sight of political historians who strongly emphasized the centrality of the federal government in American life since the New Deal era. As urban gay communities swelled with newly out and newly arrived gay migrants, their need for protection from police harassment and job discrimination produced a realignment in their politics. By the 1990s, in municipalities where politicians had only recently sought political advantage from raiding gay bars, they instead came to pursue gay and lesbian voters aggressively as a potential voting bloc. This lecture will trace the rise of gay politics in urban America and point to some of its implications for understanding the relationship between local and national histories.

Please join us later that afternoon for an informal roundtable discussion about sexual politics and urban space.

Sex and the City

Featuring Timothy Stewart-Winter, Timothy Retzloff, and Gayle Rubin
3-5 pm
1014 Tisch Hall

Timothy Stewart-Winter is an Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers–Newark. His book manuscript, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics, is forthcoming in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series of the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Timothy Retzloff teaches at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in History from Yale University in 2014 with a dissertation titled “City, Suburb, and the Changing Bounds of Lesbian and Gay Life and Politics in Metropolitan Detroit, 1945-1985.”

Gayle Rubin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Rubin’s first book, Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader (Duke, 2011), collects almost four decades of her scholarship in feminist and queer studies. Her forthcoming book is titled Valley of the Kings: Leathermen in San Francisco, 1960-1990.

4/17: Jasbir Puar Lecture

Jasbir K. Puar
“Conviviality: New Assemblages for No Future”
Thursday, April 17
6 pm
Angell Hall Auditorium B

DQSN is co-sponsoring Dr. Puar’s lecture with the Deleuze Interest Group and the Michigan Sikh Studies Forum.

Lunch Workshop with Rostom Mesli

Workshop with
Rostom Mesli (Graduate Student, Comparative Literature)

“In Defense of Identity Politics: How Radical Feminists and Feminists of Color Teach Us that Identity Politics Is a Crucial Tool for Radical Politics” (pre-circulated on CTools)

Wedesday, April 16
12-1:30 pm
G240 Lane Hall
Lunch will be provided

Two DQSN events in April 2014

Lunch workshop with David Brookman (Political Science, UC Berkeley)
“Far-Sighted Radicals or Political Tacticians? The Political 
Strategies of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade and 
ACT UP/New York”
Wednesday, April 2
G240 Lane Hall
Lunch workshop with Rostom Mesli (Comparative Literature)
Wednesday, April 16
12-1:30 pm
Somewhere in Lane Hall

Of interest!