Queering learning and teaching

Queering Learning and Teaching roundtable discussion

As part of the Queering Academia event held at the University of Westminster on 21 and 22 June 2018 we hosted a roundtable discussion on queering learning and teaching.  The participants were Dibyesh Anand (University of Westminster), Raf Benato (City University London), Avi Boukli (Open University) and Stephanie Davies (University of East London).  We posed four questions to the panel:

  1. Please introduce yourself and say something about the space(s) you occupy in learning and teaching.
  2. In Cruising Utopia (2009) José Esteban Muñoz argues that ‘we may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…. Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing…. Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world’. Thinking expansively about the horizon of queerness, what might queering learning and teaching entail?
  3. If we think about queer as a social and political project, then we can’t think about it in isolation from other sites of oppression. How might we engage in questions of intersectionality when we are queering learning and teaching?
  4. What might be practical strategies or methods for us to queer learning and teaching?

A recording of the roundtable is available below.