The Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies in cooperation with her partners organises the DOING GENDER Lecture Series. These lectures stress the importance of doing gender work combined with an active involvement in the practice of gender theory and research. The concept of DOING GENDER supports a hands-on approach to gender issues in the sense of social and political engagement with the new forms of gender inequalities that are taking shape in the world today. The lecture series wants to give space to the new generations of gender theorists and practitioners and to perspectives that innovate the field and do gender in new ways. Key is the notion of doing gender: what is the state of the art definition of gender? How do contemporary scholars and activists utilise this definition?

On Monday June 12, 2023 Professor Emeritus David Halperin (University of Michigan) will give the Doing Gender Lecture Foucault’s Queer Critique.

Lecture: Foucault’s Queer Critique
Critique has fallen out of favor lately among practitioners of queer theory. And yet Michel Foucault, who is sometimes thought to have inspired queer theory, was a student and a proponent of critique. In this talk, Halperin examines Foucault’s late thinking about critique and its relation to his analysis of parrhēsia in Ancient Greek philosophy, particularly in the work of the Cynics. Foucault offers us a political model of critique that is in some respects more queer than the forms of so-called post-critique lately embraced by queer theory.

David M. Halperin is the W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of the History and Theory of Sexuality at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he was also Professor of English and Women’s Studies. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including One Hundred Years of Homosexuality (Routledge, 1990), The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (Routledge, 1993), Saint Foucault (Oxford UP, 1995), What Do Gay Men Want? (University of Michigan Press, 2007, 2009), Gay Shame (University of Chicago Press, 2009), How To Be Gay (Belknap/Harvard UP, 2012), and The War on Sex (Duke UP, 2017). He co-founded GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, which he co-edited from 1991 to 2005.

Details lecture:

Doing Gender Lecture by Professor Emeritus David Halperin
Monday June 12, 2023

Lecture: Foucault’s Queer Critique
Time: 17.00 – 18.30 hrs.
Location: Utrecht University, Drift 25, 1.02
Chair: Dr. Jamila Mascat