9 – 10 Jun 2016
The Ontology of the Couple
In 1998 Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner wrote that ‘making a queer world has required the development of kinds of intimacy that bear no necessary relation to domestic space, to kinship, to the couple form, to property and to the nation’. Since then, however, we have witnessed the couple form move from the periphery to the center of queer politics, becoming the major vehicle through which gays and lesbians have achieved access to cultural and legal institutions as well as broader social acceptance. While before the late twentieth century same-sex relations circulated largely outside what Foucault called the ‘monogamic and conjugal cell’, today it seems even the most peripheral of sexualities have been absorbed under the couple’s ever-expanding jurisdiction.
Does the present moment require a more honest reckoning with the central role of the couple in queer politics and everyday life? Or do we need, now more than ever, to revitalize our commitment to the production of a sexual politics that would resist the ideology of the couple?
This two-day symposium brings together some of the most significant voices in Anglo-American queer theory today to address the historical, cultural, and metaphysical force of the couple — and its often unquestioned status in queer life.
THURSDAY – 9 JUNE 2016
Heather Love and Eng-Beng Lim on Commitment
Elizabeth Freeman and Bobby Benedicto on Reproduction
Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman and Peter Coviello on Devotion
18:15 Coffee break
Lee Edelman and Joseph Litvak on Estrangement
preceded by an Intermezzo by the organizers
Reception sponsored by GLQ
FRIDAY – 10 JUNE 2016
Michael Cobb and Petrus Liu on Openness
C. Riley Snorton and Rinaldo Walco on Arrangement
17:45 Coffee break
Laura Kipnis and Annamarie Jagose on Asymmetry
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Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman
C. Riley Snorton
Organized byPearl Brilmyer
In EnglishFirst published on: https://www.ici-berlin.org/events/the-ontology-of-the-couple/
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