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Theorizing: Yannik Thiem on Queerness and Whiteness as Ritual


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The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies is pleased to announce the this term’s final Theorizing at Rowan lecture.

Wednesday, April 18, at 5 pm, in Robinson 323, Yannik Thiem (Philosophy, Villanova University) will present a talk entitled “‘We Are All Queer Now’—Neoliberal Aesthetics of Queerness and Whiteness as Ritual.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program

Prof. Thiem has provided us with the following abstract of his talk: “Gender and sexual identities and their embodiment in the global north seem to and do become ever more fluid and capacious. More people of color populate our popular visual discourses. However, that expansion is complicated. By suggesting how we might read the aesthetics of this queer fluidity with the help of tools from religious studies, especially ritual studies, this lecture will seek to show how the images and gestures of queerness including its allure of transgressiveness also shore up whiteness as the invisible core of everyday life.”

Theorizing at Rowan is a series of work in progress lectures covering a range of topics of relevance to scholars in philosophy, religion studies, and other related disciplines. The goal of the series is to promote scholarly exchange involving the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, the university, and interested scholars throughout the region. Speakers will include members of the department, faculty from elsewhere at Rowan and from other institutions.

All Theorizing at Rowan events are free and open to the public.

Further information about the series can be found at: http://theorizing-at-rowan.tumblr.com/.