2023-2024 Edition

Academic Catalog

Queer Studies Cluster

Department website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/queerstudies/


Queer Studies focuses on the social production and regulation of sexuality, asking: How does sexual normativity structure and shape diverse social and political institutions? What are the intersections of sexual marginality and other axes of difference (gender, race, ethnicity, disability, class, indigeneity, nation)? How does the social organization of desire produce forms of oppression and of resistance in varied places and times?

The Course Cluster in Queer Studies at Wesleyan includes courses across the humanities, the humanistic social sciences, and the interdisciplinary programs. Particular research and teaching strengths at Wesleyan include queer theory, theories of difference and embodiment (including disability and trans studies), queer of color critique, and transnational sexuality studies. Wesleyan Queer Studies courses are listed on WesMaps.

If you have questions regarding Queer Studies at Wesleyan, please contact the cluster’s coordinator, Professor Margot Weiss (mdweiss-at-wesleyan.edu).

Courses Associated with the Cluster

Popular Culture and Social Justice: An Introduction to American Studies
Queer Theories: Junior Colloquium
Biopolitics, Animality, and Posthumanism: Junior Colloquium
Introduction to Queer Studies
Race and Medicine in America
Queer Activism and Radical Scholarship: Beyond Theory vs. Practice
Queer of Color Critique
Health, Illness, and Power in America
Sex, Money, and Power: Anthropology of Intimacy and Exchange
Repertory and Performance: Transforming the World/Transforming Dance
Historicizing Early Modern Sexualities
Sex/Gender in Critical Perspective (FGSS Gateway)
Feminist Theories
BioFeminisms: Science, Matter, and Agency
Waiting: Bodies, Time, Necropolitics
Queer Opera
Christianity and Sexuality
Feminist and Queer Theories of Social Reproduction
The Future Perfect
Revolution Girl-Style Now: Queer Performance Strategies
Friendship and Collaboration: In Theory, In Practice