Harassment and the Unravelling of the Queer Commons
This talk will attempt to speak to the difficulty of this moment for queer/feminist theorists — for teachers, students and staff who live and work with harassment, with forms of misogyny that are so embedded in professional life as, in some ways, to feel synonymous with it.
What are the queer possibilities for the rape victim? For the sexually harassed student, athlete or staff-member? Where do sexualized subjects find themselves in a landscape lit on fire by racist forms of hate — harassment, trolling, and bullying?
This work is a return to a scene many of us have never left, but which critical formations tend to represent as having passed: super-sexual political writing launched from the past against an intolerable future.
A call for openness at just the moment when such a thing feels dangerous. A call for openness in which we do note bare our throats, but seek to negate the escalating paranoid dynamics that drive us from each other.
Jennifer Doyle is a queer theorist, art critic, and sports writer. She is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside and is the author of Campus Sex, Campus Security (2015), which explores how discourse on sexual harassment intersects with discourse on campus security; Hold it Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art (2013), which examines how artists work with emotion; and Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire (2006), which considers how and where sex “happens” in art.