Working-Class Queers. Time, Place and Politics: A Conversation with Yvette
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
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.
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’.
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 Politics, Queer Precarities in and out of Higher Education, and The Handbook of Imposter Syndrome.
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