Working-Class Queers. Time, Place and Politics: A Conversation with Yvette

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

4:00 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

Open to the Public

This is a hybrid event located in-person at the Skylight Room (GC 9th Floor) & livestreamed via CLAGS YouTube Channel. Moderated by CLAGS Executive Director Dr. Matt Brim.

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Who cares about working-class queers? Are queers marginal to the study of class, and are the working-classes marginal to queer studies? What methods are best able to represent queer working-class lives, or do our subjects, participants, and ourselves always become ‘bad data’?

Drawing on the book Working-Class Queers (Pluto, 2023), this talk critically engages with the experience of working-class queers through cycles of austerity, recession, migration and crises. It engages with feminist queer studies to critique the policy, theory and practice that have maintained queer middle-class privilege at the expense of working-class queers.  Drawing on data from across the UK over a 20-year period, the talk considers the place of class and queer as no-go – or go-to – zones and uses queer data as a revisionist practice of ‘continual redoing, rewriting, and rethinking’.

Bio Pic of Yvette Taylor
Yvette Taylor

Yvette Taylor is Professor of Education at the University of Strathclyde. Yvette has worked with the Scottish Government researching

LGBTQ+ lives in the pandemic, and with Scottish Ballet on Safe to be Me, exploring inclusive curriculum in schools. Yvette is the author and co-editor of numerous books on queer life and class inequality, recently including Working-Class Queers: Time, Place and PoliticsQueer Precarities in and out of Higher Education, and The Handbook of Imposter Syndrome.





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