Einladung zum Gastvortrag
Colin R. Johnson
„Community Standards: On ‘Village’ Mentality and the Queer Eccentric in the United States“
Ort: Mohrenstraße 40, Raum 211
Zeit: 03.05.2012, 14:00 Uhr
For the past three decades or so, scholars of the history of sexuality in the United States have argued, rightly, that cities enable queer life in part because urban anonymity encourages the growth of sexual publics. To say that urban anonymity has sometimes functioned as a sufficient condition does not at all imply that it has always and everywhere functioned as a necessary condition, however. On the contrary, there is strong evidence to suggest that, under certain circumstances, it is precisely queers’ onymity—their named-ness and known-ness—that has protected them from censure and regulation. This paper examines several historical examples which illustrate this point. It also argues that understanding sociality in this way—as a complicated web of personal connections and mutual obligations—may be the key to seeing queerness in places where many people assume that it could not possibly have existed.
Colin R. Jonson is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor of American Studies, History and Human Biology at Indiana University Bloomington (USA) where he teaches courses on feminist theory, queer theory and the history of gender and sexuality in the United States. Johnson’s research and writing focus primarily on the history of same-sex sexual behavior and gender non-conformity in rural American during the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University, Johnson held research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and The Johns Hopkins University. He holds an AB with honors in Law, Letters and Society from the University of Chicago, and an MA and PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan.
Der Vortrag findet im Rahmen des Seminars „Queer(ing) Ethnography“ von Beate Binder statt.