An essential anthology of leading academics, activists, and artists on the state of queer studies today.
Founded in 1992, the David R. Kessler lectures represent the foreground of queer studies in the US, featuring legendary thinkers such as Cherríe Moraga, Samuel Delaney, Barbara Smith, Judith Butler, and more. Queer Then and Now collects the speeches given from 2002 to 2020, as well as two scholarly roundtables, by some of the most influential scholars, artists, and activists of the last two decades, including Gayle Rubin, Cathy J. Cohen, Dean Spade, Sara Ahmed, Jasbir K. Puar, and the late Douglas Crimp and Adrienne Rich.
Diverse and dynamic, these intertextual conversations tackle some of today’s most important interventions from the margins—including the growth of trans studies, the synergy and disconnect between theory and activism, the role of LGBTQ+ art and media, the challenge of transnational and postcolonial theory, and more. Tracing the maturation of queer studies after its foundation in the 1990s, Queer Then and Now lays the groundwork in the twenty-first century and beyond.
Introduction: Queer Ideas, Messy Archives, and the Then and Now of Queer Studies
Chapter 1: 2002: Jonathan Ned Katz, Making Sex History: Obsessions of a Quarter Century
Chapter 2: 2003: Gayle Rubin, Geologies of Queer Studies: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again
Chapter 3: 2004: Isaac Julien, Cinematic Rearticulations
Chapter 4: 2005: Carole Vance, Travels With Sex
Chapter 5: 2006: Adrienne Rich, Candidates for my Love: Three Gay and Lesbian Poets
Chapter 6: 2007: Douglas Crimp, Action Around the Edges
Chapter 7: 2008: Susan Stryker, Ghost Dances: A Trans-movement Manifesto
Chapter 8: 2009: Sarah Schulman, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences
Chapter 9: 2010: Urvashi Vaid, What Can Brown Do For You?: Race, Sexuality and the Future of LGBT Politics
Chapter 10: Queer Then and Now Roundtable: Histories of Queer and Trans Activism
Chapter 11: 2012: Martin Duberman, Acceptance at What Price?: The Gay Movement Reconsidered
Chapter 12: 2013: Cheryl Clarke, Queer Black Trouble: In Life, Literature, and the Age of Obama
Chapter 13: 2014: Cathy J. Cohen, #DoBlackLivesMatter? From Michael Brown to CeCe McDonald
Chapter 14: 2015: Richard Fung, Re-Orientations: Shift and continuities in Asian Canadian queer and trans identities and activism
Chapter 15: 2016: Dean Spade, When We Win We Lose: Mainstreaming and the Redistribution of Respectability
Chapter 16: 2017: Sara Ahmed, Queer Use 2
Chapter 17: 2018: Amber Hollibaugh, Hope and the Power of Desire: Our Vision for Changing the World
Chapter 18: 2019: Jasbir Puar, A No-State “Solution”: Inter/nationalism and the Question of Queer Theory
Chapter 19: 2020: Roderick Ferguson, Queer and Trans Liberation and the Critique of Fascism, or when S.T.A.R. Met Césaire and the Frankfurt School
Chapter 20: Queer Then and Now Roundtable: Histories of Queer and Trans Scholarship