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Queer Futures

Reconsidering Ethics, Activism, and the Political, 1st Edition

Edited by Elahe Haschemi Yekani, Eveline Kilian, Beatrice Michaelis


254 pages

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Following debates surrounding the anti-social turn in queer theory in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the role of activism, the limits of the political, and the question of normativity and ethics. Queer Futures engages with these concerns, exploring issues of complicity and agency with a central focus on the material and economic as well as philosophical dimensions of sexual politics. Presenting some of the latest research in queer theory, this book draws together diverse perspectives to shed light on possible ’queer futures’ when different affective, temporal, and local contexts are brought into play. As such, it will appeal to scholars of cultural, political, literary, and social theory, as well as those with interests in gender and sexuality, activism, and queer theory.


'This is an extremely timely collection of work from emerging and established queer scholars. It offers an interdisciplinary and international consideration of the state of play within queer theory and politics; thoroughly addressing key theoretical debates, and pertinently reflecting on issues central to conceptualizations and practices of queer ethics and politics. Queer Futures works against a wave of queer despondency, pointing instead to a vivid queer future.' - Sally Hines, University of Leeds, UK

'As queer studies embraces, rejects, looks backward from, or anticipates the future, expansive transnational and transtemporal conversations such as the one staged by this groundbreaking anthology highlight the field’s vitality. Imagining queer agency and varied forms of global belonging from Manila to Rio de Janeiro to Stonehenge, this collection redefines what matters in, and the matter of, queer theory now.' - Robert McRuer, George Washington University, USA

About the Editors

Elahe Haschemi Yekani is Professor of English and American Literature and Culture with a Focus on Postcolonial Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

Eveline Kilian is Professor of English Literature at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

Beatrice Michaelis is Deputy Director for Scientific Management and Coordination at the Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) in Rostock, Germany.

About the Series

Queer Interventions

Queer Interventions
Founded by Noreen Giffney and Michael O'Rourke, Queer Interventions is an exciting, fresh and unique new series designed to publish innovative, experimental and theoretically-engaged work in the burgeoning field of queer studies. The aim of the series is to attract work which is highly theoretical; queer work which intersects with other theoretical schools (feminism, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism); work which is accessible but values difficulty; ethical and political projects; and most importantly work which is self-reflexive about methodological and geographical location. It is also keen to commission empirical work which is meta-theoretical in focus. The series is interdisciplinary in focus and publishes monographs and collections of essays by new and established scholars. It promotes and maintains high scholarly standards of research and is attentive to queer theory's shortcomings, silences, hegemonies and exclusions. It also encourages independence, creativity and experimentation: to make a queer theory that matters and recreate it as something important; a space where new and exciting things can happen.

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