LGBTQ Studies Project
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Studies Project (LGBTQ Studies Project) organizes research projects and conferences and provides fellowships to graduate students. It provides an interdisciplinary locus for Chicago faculty and graduate students who study the historical, cultural, and textual construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer identities, cultures, and politics; analyze those formations or the dominant culture and social theory from the perspective of queer theory.
Lauren Berlant, Director
Training New Scholars
Training the next generation of lesbian, gay, and queer studies scholars is central to the mission of the University of Chicago's LGBTQ Studies Project. Project faculty have advised graduate students in history, anthropology, English, East Asian studies, political science, human development, sociology, and other fields. These students are conducting original archival research, fieldwork, and critical textual analyses that will produce fundamental new knowledge and insights into contemporary debates over homosexuality and the historical development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other "queer" identities, cultures, and politics in a variety of cultural settings and historical periods. Students have studied and compared these processes around the world — in India, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, and Canada, as well as the United States. Supporting their work is crucial, since it will both advance our knowledge of sexuality and transgender issues and speed the integration of gay scholarship into the major disciplines and college teaching.
2015-16 Series: They've Got a Mouth on Them
What happens when performance, pleasure, and politics come together? How do they challenge and change each other? What happens to pleasure when politics is in the room and what happens to politics when comedy, trauma, and searching minds converge? What is relationship between consciousness raising and pleasure stimulation?
This year, the Artists’ Salon and the LGBTQ Studies Project at Center for Study of Gender and Sexuality with support from the Chicago Performance Lab and Infrastructures of the Comedic are sponsoring four events that cross-over comedy, witnessing, narrative, liveness, and the possibility that the changes aesthetic pleasure induce can have a memorable and positive impact.
All performances will have a public question and conversation phase.
- Thursday, November 12 at 7pm
Kate Berlant's Comedy of Realness
Logan Center - 915 E 60th St, Theater East 127
- Tuesday, December 1 at 7pm
How to Get Away with Laughter with Tim Barnes, Sonia Denis, and Rebecca O'Neal
Revival Comedy Theater - 1160 E. 55th St
- Thursday, February 18 at 4:30pm
Shame May Be Fatal: Notes on narrative and the nervous system with Bhanu Kapil
CSGS - 5733 S University Ave
- Friday, February 19 at 12:00pm
Workshop - THE MONSTER: A workshop on narrative form and touch with Bhanu Kapil
CSGS - 5733 S University Ave, Room 103
- Thursday, February 25 at 7pm
Criminal Queers with Eric A. Stanley & Chris Vargas
Logan Center - 915 E 60th St, Screening Room 201