At Home – Reading: queer timɘs school

As it is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia we have invited Dan Perry to suggest some reading for At Home.

In summer 2018 GoMA held the queer timɘs school as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded commission with the artist Jason E Bowman. We invited people to join us for the week to discuss all the presentations and decide on the themes and perimeters for artists to inform a series of new print commissions for an exhibition later that year. Dan joined us for that week and also was involved in suggesting publications for the reading space and programming films for the exhibition that ran at GoMA from 1 December 2018 – 10 March 2019.

For At Home – Readings we invited Dan to suggest six books he would recommend that would relate to some of the LGBTPQI+ themes that emerged from the queer timɘs school that summer.
Legislation, the State, Religion and LGBTPQI+ bodies.
School Education, Exclusion and Inclusion.
Health, Care and Wellbeing.
Coming Out.
Relationships and Socialities.
Spaces and Places.
Activism, Organising and Campaigning.
Grass roots, Voluntary and Communitarian Support Systems.
Overlooked, Disregarded, Evicted and Erased Histories.
Fabulousness, Amusement, Humour, Exuberance and Fun.

He sent us the following list with a little note about why for each book and a note to remind us that in Glasgow we are incredibly lucky to have an incredible queer bookshop – Category Is. A bookshop and so much more you can still get all you your queer book needs at this time and they also have a pay it forward shelf which you can donate to or order from.

Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies, edited by John C. Hawley
I am currently reading this book; I was completing my own research into LGBTQ+ curriculums in university education when I found it. Although very American Centric it is interesting to see what is considered inclusive and how we are comparing in our own universities. This relates to our discussions on education, inclusion and exclusion.

Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times by Jasbir K. Puar
I have included this book because I find it difficult to describe. I quite literally stumbled across it late in my research and it stopped me in my tracks for a while. It is a must read. This relates to our discussions on Legislation, the State, Religion and LGBTPQI+ bodies.

One-Dimensional Queer by Roderick A. Ferguson
This book re-addresses a single narrative of sexual freedom in gay rights. Using intersectionality, it explores the diverse beginnings of the movement and how capitalism has intertwined, marketed and cashed in on LGBTQ rights. This relates to our discussions about narratives and intersectionality which ran through our discussions.

That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
This was one of the first books I bought from Gay’s the Word in London. I have always been a bit rebellious, so the title had attracted me. It is a book that can challenge your thinking and practice it is always worth a revisit. This relates to our theme of Activism, Organising and Campaigning.

Public Sex/Gay Space Edited by William L. Leap
I have chosen this book because it explores sex, sexuality and spaces through linguistics, anthropology, sociology, history, and many more disciplines using case studies from around the world. This relates to our discussions on Spaces and Places.

The Sexual History of the Global South: Sexual Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America edited by Saskia Wieringa and Horacio Sivori
I have included this book because it was conducted through the Sephis program (South-South Exchange Programme for Research on the History of Development). Using twelve case studies it examines postcolonial and cultural critique in relation to sexuality studies across the global south. This relates to our themes of Overlooked, Disregarded, Evicted, Erased Histories and Voices.

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