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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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19. Queering the Ear: Listening Queerly to Anger and Decorum

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TIMOTHY OLEKSIAK AND RAECHEL TIFFE

Five years ago, Raechel and Timothy met at a queer mixer at the start of their doctoral careers. Ever since, they have become supportive colleagues, friends, and queer comrades. In support of Raechel and because of his genuine interest in the subject Timothy attended the 2011 Queer Love panel of which Raechel was a part. Months later over dinner Raechel and Timothy reflected on the panel. This is a “transcript” of what resulted.

Timothy: Talking about physiology is beyond the notion of queer listening or queering the ear. When I speak of a listening project, or a political project that begins and resolves with listening I mean something akin to acts of reception that extend to and beyond what the ear has to offer. Listening is reception, but it also must be reception that carries us to a different type of response—a response that resists categorization, resists being pinned down as decorous or angry.

Raechel: How, then, might we listen queerly?

Timothy: I suggest that to listen queerly means attending to the negotiations of others in ways that resist evaluation or judgment. Such a political project sounds uncomfortable in the face of queer critiques of hetero- or homonormativity. However, if we are to create spaces of imaginative possibility where creative expression can thrive, I believe we have reached the limits of queer critique and should move to thinking through what the ear has to...

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