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Queer Praxis

Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking

Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim

Amidst rapid advances of mainstream gay and lesbian platforms, questions of essential sexual identities, queered rituals of family, queered notions of intimacy, queer considerations of time, and the possibility and value of queered systems of relation are largely absent. Resisting the public face of a normative and homogenous gay and lesbian community, and embracing a broadened conception of queerness, this book brings together 29 writers – a diverse community of scholars, lovers, and activists – to explore queer theory and embodied experiences within interpersonal relations and society at large. Enacting a critical intervention into the queer theoretical landscape, the book offers an alternative engagement where contributors centralize lived experience. Theoretical engagements are generated in relation and in dialogue with one another exploring collectivity, multiple points of entrance, and the living nature of critical theory. Readers gain familiarity with key concepts in queer thought, but also observe how these ideas can be navigated and negotiated in the social world. Queer Praxis serves as a model for queer relationality, enlisting transnational feminist, critical communication, and performance studies approaches to build dialogue across and through differing subjectivities.
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6. Queer Love: Normative Shame and Queer Temporalities




Dusty: As Kimberlee and I are academic colleagues now, packaged in the minds of our other dear colleagues—we are colleagues here, we have our partners at home—wherein a clear line is drawn between our work and our love (never pluralized). When Kimberlee and I smoke outside the building, walk through the halls, or even in the moments that used to be so easy when we touch or hug with affection, I feel under watch—perhaps suspicion. In a flurry of sound byte conversations, I script Jason and me into relational formations, stories, scenes, and roles that are intelligible for other co-workers yet a parody in my (and perhaps Kimberlee’s?) mind. In a life of flurried sound bytes, I do not know how to speak us (Jason and I, Kimberlee and I, our queer relations).

Dan: I am a middle child from the rural Midwest, raised Catholic. I am not overly invested in normative masculinity. I am perhaps overly committed to decorum, or what Robert Hariman describes as “the rules of conduct guiding the alignment of signs and situations, or texts and acts, or behavior and place” that are “embodied in practices of communication and display according to a symbolic system,” thereby “providing social cohesion and distributing power” (1992, p. 156).

Decorum names a social force, an embodied social force that organizes the...

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