Poor Queer Studies Mothers

FEB 28, 2018 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




February 28, 2018: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM




Center for the Study of Women and Society


In his talk, titled “Poor Queer Studies Mothers,” Matt Brim will address the urgent problem of class stratification in higher education through the lens of a specific academic formation: queer studies. How might the field of queer studies be an exemplary site of intervention for redistributing resources and advancing “epistemic equality” in the academy? Further, how might queer studies at CUNY, an institution dedicated to educating the “working poor,” offer viable strategies for that queer-class intervention across higher ed? To answer these questions, Brim reflects on the pedagogical, disciplinary, and institutional opportunities created by the presence of a particular CUNY student population in his queer studies courses: “poor queer studies mothers”—those low-income and working-class women in queer studies courses at CUNY who are pregnant; who have children; who bring their kids to a queer studies class when child-care falls through; who live at home with—and become student-teachers of—their own mothers. Instructors who have experience teaching queer studies and women’s/gender studies at CUNY are especially encouraged to attend to share their expertise.

Co-sponsored with the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS).