On Wednesday 27 July, we will continue the semi-public sessions of our ongoing Reading Group, which is currently focused on the field of research of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016).
For this fifth meeting we will read an essay by the scholar in queer politics and aesthetics, José Esteban Muñoz, entitled ‘Stages: Queers, Punks and the Utopian Performative’ from his book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009). In this essay, Muñoz asks the question “How does one stage utopia? Which is to say, how do we enact utopia?” through a personal reflection on Kevin McCarty’s photographic portraits of stages in different club spaces in Los Angeles.
The reading of Muñoz’ text and his consideration of futurity and queer time, follows on from our previous meeting in which we read Elizabeth Freeman’s ‘Time Binds, or, Erotohistoriography’ (2010) and Jon Davie’s ‘Coming After: queer time, arriving too late and the spectre of the recent past’ (2011-2012).
This will be the last Amsterdam Reading Group for the summer with us recommencing our monthly sessions on Wednesday 21 September 2016.
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