The Gay & Lesbian Studies / Queer Theory Reading Group at Tel-Aviv University


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What is the Gay Studies / Queer Theory Reading Group at Tel-Aviv University?
 Hebrew version
The reading group is, as its name indicates, a reading group which reads and discusses texts from the academic fields of gay studies and queer theory. Usually we read texts and discuss them, but occasionally we have guest speakers or members of the reading group presenting their own work.

What are Gay Studies and Queer Theory?
Gay and Lesbian Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field, which deals with various issues relating to gays and lesbians. Research in gay studies may deal with gay history,
Queer Theory views sexuality (both heterosexuality and homosexuality) as social constructions, and not as essentialist identities.
sociology, etc. Recent years saw the development of Queer Theory, which continued gay studies, while being influenced by feminist theory and post-structuralism. Queer Theory seeks to unstable the binary understanding of sexuality (heterosexual / homosexual) and to question the naturalness of the prevailing categories of sexuality. Highly influenced by Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality, Queer Theory views sexuality (both heterosexuality and homosexuality) as social constructions, and not as essentialist identities. For more about Gay Studies and Queer Theory see the essay Gay Studies and Queer Theory Here and Now (in Hebrew).

When and where does the reading group meet?
The reading group meets on a bi-weekly basis while school is in session. For a schedule of meetings for this term, check this page. Sometime we also hold additional informal meetings during breaks, often devoted to the viewing of gay-related films. The regular meetings are held on the campus of Tel-Aviv University. 

Who are we and who are the participants?
The reading group was founded in the fall of 1996 by a group of faculty and students from Tel-Aviv University. It is indeed primarily targeted at students and faculty from Tel-Aviv University and other academic institutions. However, other people are of course also welcome, although please bear in mind that some academic background is usually needed for following the discussions. All participants are asked to read the relevant text before attending a meeting. The texts are usually in English.

Where can the texts for the reading group be found?
Texts may be obtained by email from: qttau (at) gay (dot) org (dot) il

How may the Reading Group be reached?

You can contact us at: qttau (at) gay (dot) org (dot) il


 

Links

Introductory reading list in Queer Theory (thanks to Amalia)

 

 


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