Post your ten “Queeries” here by 3:00 on Wednesday, January 13. After you post, you’ll be able to see the other students’ posts too. Some time after 3:00 on Wednesday, go back through and read all the queeries. Remember, one of these may turn out to be the question you want to pursue for your final research presentation.
- Why are there queer theories (in the plural)? Are there intersections between gender, race and class?
- Are there contradictions between the conclusions of queer theories and those of science (neurology, biology…)?
- What is the impact of queer theories on thought/philosophy?
- To what extend queer theories can avoid essentialism? Is there a problem with that?
- Nature and nurture through the prism of gender theories: does performativity deny these concepts?
- What does psychoanalysis (especially Freudism) teach us about gender, sex and sexuality? To what extend gender theories accept / call into question these assumptions? Should we make a distinction between Freud’s discourses and the psychoanalysts’ ones?
- Do gender studies compel us to be relativist? Is there a problem with that?
- Why are gender studies so frightening for a lot of people?
- Why are gender studies so radical?
- What is the relation between queer theories and the feminist; marxist / leftist / liberal / progressist; LGBTQIA+ theories and movements? To what extend do queer theories transform them?
I would ask more questions that deals with the historical influences of the AIDS crisis on queer theories. I would be more focused on concrete topics, such as the lives of gay, lesbian, bi, trans*, queer… people. I would be more intersectional by asking questions dealing with crip, racial and class studies.