Queer Homemaking I

Queer Homemaking I
22 October 2021, 3.00pm - 4.00pm
Reading Group

Precarious Homes – Narratives and Practices of Home-Making in Turbulent Times

This event series takes its cue from the CCWW Conference "'Where are you from?' to 'Where shall we go together?' Re-imagining Home and Belonging in 21st-Century Women's Writing", hosted at the IMLR in September 2020. Dedicated to further exploration of literary and theoretical conceptualisations of home-making, the series considers women’s writing in context, using various formats -  reading groups, a symposium, and an author/translator conversation.

Programme of events (pdf)

Queer Homemaking I

Seminar/Reading Group 

Friday 22 October 2021, 15:00-16:00 BST (Online) 

Organisers: Francesco Albé and Stephanie Ng (Cambridge)

This seminar proposes an examination of queer attachments through the diverse, theoretical engagements of Sara Ahmed, Anne-Marie Fortier, and Amy Kilgard. It asks: how do queer subjects navigate existing kinship structures that favour heteronormativity? What strategies are enacted in acquiescing to or decentring current notions of the family and of the home? In what ways might a discussion of queer identities and intimacies expand not just our understanding of homemaking, but our conceptions of space and time as well? To locate the ways in which queer subjects inhabit and improvise home, this seminar expects to draw from affect theory, migration studies, performance studies. With regards to format, this seminar will begin with a brief introduction of the texts and a few opening observations. The majority of the one-hour period will be dedicated to discussion in the style of a reading group.

Participants are kindly requested to read the following:

Ahmed, Sara. “Queer Feelings.” The Cultural Politics of Emotion. Routledge, 2004, pp. 144-167.
Fortier, Anne-Marie. “Making Home: Queer Migrations and Motions of Attachment.”
Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration, edited by Sara Ahmed, Claudia Castañeda, Anne-Marie Fortier, and Mimi Sheller, Bloomsbury Academic, 2003, pp. 115–136.
Kilgard, Amy. “Tossing and Turning: Queering Performances of Family Narrative.”
Queering Family/Home/Love/Loss, special issue of Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies, vol. 14, no. 2, 2014, pp. 95-101. Sage Journals, https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708613512259.

The second seminar in this series will take place on 19 November 2021

All are welcome to attend this free online event, starting at 15:00 BST. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link, which will be sent to you closer to the date. Please click on the Book Now button below to register


Cathy Collins
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