Friday, September 30, 2016

fag hag

One of the great pleasures of being on leave is having the time to go to talks ... today, Eleri Watson on the Fag Hag (by way of Marx, Heidegger, Husserl, Sartre, Foucault, Ahmed, and Margaret Cho).  She was super-smart and provocative, getting us to think about how fag-hag relationships have the power to subvert heterocapitalism - that might be no surprise - but also to subvert queerness itself.  But I wasn't just happy to go to this talk in and of itself, but because Eleri is doing her DPhil in English at Oxford, and, more than that, did the Women's Studies MSt there.  And a million long light years ago, I was involved in setting up that MSt, and it's so wonderful to know it's still flourishing, and being the jumping off spot for exciting new work ...

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