Queer Phenomenology

Queer Phenomenology


  • Author : Sara Ahmed
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-12-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN 10 : 0822339145


Queer Phenomenology Book Description :

Cultural theorist Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use by analyzing what it means for bodies to be "oriented" in space and time.

Queer Phenomenology

Queer Phenomenology


  • Author : Sara Ahmed
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 2006-11-13
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9780822388074


Queer Phenomenology Book Description :

In this groundbreaking work, Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the “orientation” aspect of “sexual orientation” and the “orient” in “orientalism,” Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to be situated in space and time. Bodies take shape as they move through the world directing themselves toward or away from objects and others. Being “orientated” means feeling at home, knowing where one stands, or having certain objects within reach. Orientations affect what is proximate to the body or what can be reached. A queer phenomenology, Ahmed contends, reveals how social relations are arranged spatially, how queerness disrupts and reorders these relations by not following the accepted paths, and how a politics of disorientation puts other objects within reach, those that might, at first glance, seem awry. Ahmed proposes that a queer phenomenology might investigate not only how the concept of orientation is informed by phenomenology but also the orientation of phenomenology itself. Thus she reflects on the significance of the objects that appear—and those that do not—as signs of orientation in classic phenomenological texts such as Husserl’s Ideas. In developing a queer model of orientations, she combines readings of phenomenological texts—by Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Fanon—with insights drawn from queer studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. Queer Phenomenology points queer theory in bold new directions.

Queer Phenomenology

Queer Phenomenology


  • Author : Sara Ahmed
  • Publisher : Duke University Press Books
  • Release Date : 2006-12-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 223
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015066880298


Queer Phenomenology Book Description :

Cultural theorist Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use by analyzing what it means for bodies to be "oriented" in space and time.

The Queer Art of Failure

The Queer Art of Failure


  • Author : Judith Halberstam
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-09-19
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN 10 : 9780822350453


The Queer Art of Failure Book Description :

The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives - to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that has extensively theorized hegemony but paid little attention to counter-hegemony. Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a means of recovering ways of being and forms of knowledge not legitimized by existing systems and institutions. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. It entails a willingness to fail and to lose one's way. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children's films, contending that new forms of animation, especially CGI, have generated narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Dismantling contemporary logics of success, Halberstam demonstrates that failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world.

Differences that Matter

Differences that Matter


  • Author : Sara Ahmed
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1998-11-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 0521597617


Differences that Matter Book Description :

Differences That Matter challenges existing ways of theorising the relationship between feminism and postmodernism which ask 'is or should feminism be modern or postmodern?' Sara Ahmed suggests that postmodernism has been allowed to dictate feminist debates and calls instead for feminist theorists to speak (back) to postmodernism, rather than simply speak on (their relationship to) it. Such a 'speaking back' involves a refusal to position postmodernism as a generalisable condition of the world and requires closer readings of what postmodernism is actually 'doing' in a variety of disciplinary contexts. Sara Ahmed hence examines constructions of postmodernism in relation to rights, ethics, subjectivity, authorship, meta-fiction and film.

What s the Use

What s the Use


  • Author : Sara Ahmed
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10-25
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781478007210


What s the Use Book Description :

In What’s the Use? Sara Ahmed continues the work she began in The Promise of Happiness and Willful Subjects by taking up a single word—in this case, use—and following it around. She shows how use became associated with life and strength in nineteenth-century biological and social thought and considers how utilitarianism offered a set of educational techniques for shaping individuals by directing them toward useful ends. Ahmed also explores how spaces become restricted to some uses and users, with specific reference to universities. She notes, however, the potential for queer use: how things can be used in ways that were not intended or by those for whom they were not intended. Ahmed posits queer use as a way of reanimating the project of diversity work as the ordinary and painstaking task of opening up institutions to those who have historically been excluded.

Strange Encounters

Strange Encounters


  • Author : Sara Ahmed
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-02-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135120115


Strange Encounters Book Description :

Examining the relationship between strangers, embodiment and community, Strange Encounters challenges the assumptions that the stranger is simply anybody we do not recognize and instead proposes that he or she is socially constructued as somebody we already know. Using feminist and postcolonial theory this book examines the impact of multiculturalism and globalization on embodiment and community whilst considering the ethical and political implication of its critique for post-colonial feminism. A diverse range of texts are analyzed which produce the figure of 'the stranger', showing that it has alternatively been expelled as the origin of danger - such as in neighbourhood watch, or celebrated as the origin of difference - as in multiculturalism. The author argues that both of these standpoints are problematic as they involve 'stranger fetishism'; they assume that the stranger 'has a life of its own'.

Queer Phenomenology in Sarah Oppenheimer s W 120301

Queer Phenomenology in Sarah Oppenheimer s W 120301


  • Author : Cyle Michalka Metzger
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: Installations (Art)
  • Pages : 98
  • ISBN 10 : 1339029405


Queer Phenomenology in Sarah Oppenheimer s W 120301 Book Description :

Sarah Oppenheimer's W-120301 is an apparatus designed to generate new lines of sight within the architectural conditions of the Baltimore Museum of Art, to grant new insights into the power of architecture to shape our experiences, and to address vision as critical to our ability to understand, navigate, and disrupt those structures. The work is essentially a periscope made out of glass and aluminum with three viewing holes, not just two. The views through these three holes have been altered from the basic periscope model to give us sensations of double vision and twisted perspective as we look through each of them. Section one of this paper uses written descriptions, hand-drawn diagrams, and images to outline how each of these views is produced. The images and diagrams show that most of the material of W-120301 is hidden within the existing museum architecture, making the work one that is looked through rather than looked at. Through the apertures of W-120301, views of other people and spaces are framed by the black aluminum of the apparatus. The glass that has been carefully arranged within the interior of the work is invisible to us. Section two of this paper uses Jean-Louis Baudry and Giorgio Agamben's theories of the cinematic apparatus to explore the implications of a work of art that is not itself the focus of vision, but that is a tool for vision. Focusing on the work of art as a tool for vision puts the viewer at the center of the work, and, in doing so, W-120301 opens new possibilities for discussing how we become who we are within constructed space. The third section of this project examines the phenomenological implications W-120301 as a tool for vision has on viewers' relationship to architecture. Looking through the apertures of W-120301, our sense of spatial order and visual perception becomes skewed. We are presented with moments of double vision, we are required to look up to see an aerial perspective, and we are unable to discern whether we are eng

Assuming a Body

Assuming a Body


  • Author : Gayle Salamon
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231149587


Assuming a Body Book Description :

Considering questions of transgendered embodiment via phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and queer theory, Gayle Salamon advances an alternative theory of normative and non-normative gender, proving the value and vitality of trans experience for thinking embodiment.

50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology

50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology


  • Author : Gail Weiss
  • Publisher : Northwestern University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-11-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780810141162


50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology Book Description :

Phenomenology, the philosophical method that seeks to uncover the taken-for-granted presuppositions, habits, and norms that structure everyday experience, is increasingly framed by ethical and political concerns. Critical phenomenology foregrounds experiences of marginalization, oppression, and power in order to identify and transform common experiences of injustice that render “the familiar” a site of oppression for many. In Fifty Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, leading scholars present fresh readings of classic phenomenological topics and introduce newer concepts developed by feminist theorists, critical race theorists, disability theorists, and queer and trans theorists that capture aspects of lived experience that have traditionally been neglected. By centering historically marginalized perspectives, the chapters in this book breathe new life into the phenomenological tradition and reveal its ethical, social, and political promise. This volume will be an invaluable resource for teaching and research in continental philosophy; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; critical race theory; disability studies; cultural studies; and critical theory more generally.