In the spring of 2013, I taught Queer(ing) New York as a Seminar in the City course with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The focus of the course was as follows: While lgbtq studies has begun to extend itself to look at rural and other non-urban environments, much of the urban still remains to be accounted for, particularly difference within the city. To truly account for our difference, we must queer the city in the way it normalizes groups and spaces, and New York City is the exciting urban environment to begin within. In this Seminar in the City, we will read work that challenges and queers the normalized histories and spaces of lgbtq life. How can we queer the neighborhood, bar, streets, and bodies within it to tell stories of difference?
I often get contacted for more info about the core and recommended readings for the Queer(ing) New York course, which I realize now were not grouped as clearly as they could be. These can now be found by looking at the Syllabus and Further Recommended Reading pages on the CLAGSqny site. I also recommend looking at the Gender, Sexuality, and Space Reading List which I update every summer.