Annual Queer Theory Lecture in Honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Queer Theory lecture is an annual event to honor and celebrate one of queer theories most insightful scholars and foundational figures Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Sedgwick’s call for reparative work and for reading practices grounded in affect and performance have transformed our understandings of intimacy, identity, and politics.  Sedgwick spent much of her career at Duke in the English department where she offered the Epistemology of the Closet in 1990 and Tendencies in 1993.  Although she moved to the City University of New York in 1997 where she taught until her passing in 2009, she left an indelible mark on the Duke community.  Her work helped establish Duke as an intellectual leader in the critical study of sexuality.  We host this event every year as a tribute to Sedgwick and as a continuation of her legacy. Over the last decade the Sedgwick lecture has featured leading scholars in queer theory including Lauren Berlant, José Muñoz, Tim Dean, and many more as listed below.

Joshua Chambers-Letson
Love Will Never Do (Without You): Queer Love and Loss - April 2021   
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Speaker:  Joshua Chambers-Letson
Professor of Performance Studies, Northwestern University

 

Juana María  Rodríguez
BIOPOLITICS, PORTRAITURE, AND THE POETICS OF PUTA LIFE - February 2020

Speaker:  Juana María Rodríguez
Professor and Chair of Ethics Studies at UC Berkeley and Faculty in Gender and Women's Studies 

 

Samuel Delany
BIRTHDAY AND CONVERSATION - April 2019

Speaker: Samuel R. Delany
Award-Winning Science Fiction Novelist and Critic

 

 

Susan Stryker
WHAT TRANSPIRES NOW: TRANSGENDER HISTORY AND THE FUTURE WE NEED  -  February 2018

Speaker:  Susan Stryker
Award-Winning Scholar, Filmmaker, Historical Researcher and Theoretical Writer.

 

David L. Eng
(GAY) PANIC ATTACK  - February 2017

Speaker: David L. Eng
Graduate Chair and Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Mel Chen
WHAT MADE SLOW CONSTITUTION?  - April 2016

Speaker: Mel Y. Chen
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California at Berkeley

 

 

Lee Edelman
THERE IS NO FREEDOM TO ENJOY  - March 2015

Speaker: Lee Edelman
Fletcher Professor of English Literature at Tufts University

 

 

Heather Love
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF QUEER  - April 2014

Speaker: Heather Love
R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor, Associate Chair of the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania

 

Elizabeth Freeman
Sacramental Criticism  the Program in the Sexualities - April 2013

Speaker: Elizabeth Freeman
Professor of English at he University of California-Davis