April 21, 2006 – José Esteban Muñoz: “Queerness as Horizon: Utopian Hermeneutics in the Face of Gay Pragmatism”

Friday, April 21 / 3:30 PM / Oakes Mural Room

Drawing on the work of philosopher Ernst Bloch, this paper stages a posterior glance at different moments and acts of queer futurity that offer an anticipatory illumination of queerness. It posits a concrete utopianism that can remake rationalism, delinking it from the provincial and pragmatic politics of the present to imagine a future of queer possibility.

José Esteban Muñoz is the chair of the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts and Associate Professor in Social and Cultural Analysis and Latino Studies at New York University. He is the author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (Minnesota, 1999), Cruising Utopia: the Performance and Politics of Queer Futurity (forthcoming, NYU), and co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol (Duke, 1996) and Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (Duke, 1997).

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