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Event #1230

‘Good’ Queers and Hated Others: Integration, Expulsion, and Disavowal of Subjects in Contemporary German-language Society and Culture


Monday, June 3, 2019

11:00 - 12:30
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Geography Building - GEOG 200
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With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund.

Joint Panel of Canadian Association of University Teachers of German (CAUTG), Sexuality Studies Association (SSA), and Coalition of Women in German (WiG)

With the change of society’s attitude toward queer identities and cooptation of intersectionality and feminism, particular non-normative bodies have been instrumentalized for the advancement of neoliberalism and capitalism; certain individuals and social groups are circulated as paragons of socio-political progress. This selective humanization of some bodies comes at the expense of others. This panel challenges this progression by revealing the stakes of linking discourses of sexuality to racial, Indigenous, disabled, and religious otherness in the German-language context. We interrogate how neoliberal and colonial power structures shape the contours of subjectivity and how supposedly humanizing forces uphold white capitalism and white humanism by relying on the erasure of certain bodies. Following the themes of social justice established by this panel, a networking lunch provides a conversational bridge to a roundtable on which an interdisciplinary group of Indigenous scholars and German Studies scholars discuss transdisciplinary linkages as a site for knowledge exchange.

Financial support for this session was provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Elizabeth Bridges: "Berlin, Gay Tourism, and Queer-Normative Spaces: Die leere Mitte"

Simone Pfleger: "Not Quite Paradise: Cruel Optimism and (De)Humanization of Subjects in Ulrich Seidl’s Paradies trilogy"

Kyle Frackman: "J.S. Bach and Crip Theory: Music, Space, and Bodies in Draußen in meinem Kopf"

Organizers: Simone Pfleger (University of Alberta), Carrie Smith (University of Alberta)

Chair: Carrie Smith, University of Alberta

The interdisciplinary panel is followed by a networking reception / lunch in the same room (12:30-14:00), for which financial support was provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The co-hosts for this event are: 303 - Sexuality Studies Association (SSA) / Association d'études de la sexualité (AÉS) and the Coalition of Women in German (

  • Elizabeth Bridges, Associate Professor of German, Rhodes College
  • Simone Pfleger, Postdoctoral Fellow of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Alberta
  • Kyle Frackman, Assistant Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies, University of British Columbia