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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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Section V: Questioning “What Else?”: Queer Futurity and the Project of Worldmaking

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Section V

Questioning “What Else?”: Queer Futurity and the Project of Worldmaking

Using the past to rethink our present and reimagine our futures, this section revisits the previously explored tensions of shame, temporality, coalition, anger, and decorum as productive departures for envisioning and creating queer futures differently. Rooted in the persistent effort toward a not-here and not-now utopian drive, these chapters work to illustrate the potential (and ever multiplying) trajectories of kinship and belonging when grounded in queer intimacy. Guiding questions include: How can we write new stories and create new scripts, collaboratively and in coalition? How do we maintain the ongoing creation of alternative scripts and continually resist complacency? How might a guiding ethic of queer futurity critique the present?

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