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  • Introduction
    Dana Luciano and Mel Y. Chen - Has the Queer Ever Been Human?

    José Esteban Muñoz, Jinthana Haritaworn, Myra Hird, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Jasbir K. Puar, Eileen Joy, Uri McMillan, Susan Stryker, Kim TallBear, Jami Weinstein, and Jack Halberstam - Theorizing Queer Inhumanisms

    Tavia Nyong'o - Little Monsters: Race, Sovereignty, and Queer Inhumanism in Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Jeanne Vaccaro - Feelings and Fractals: Woolly Ecologies of Transgender Matter
    Eunjung Kim - Unbecoming Human: An Ethics of Objects
    Jayna Brown - Being Cellular: Race, the Inhuman, and the Plasticity of Life
    Harlan Weaver - Pit Bull Promises: Inhuman Intimacies and Queer Kinships in an Animal Shelter
    Neel Ahuja - Intimate Atmospheres: Queer Theory in a Time of Extinctions
    Karen Barad - TransMaterialities: Trans*/Matter/Realities and Queer Political Imaginings

    Moving Image Review
    Kara Keeling, Jennifer DeClue, Yvonne Welbon, Jacqueline Stewart, and Roya Rastegar - Pariah and Black Independent Cinema Today: A Roundtable Discussion
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  • Description

    This issue features a group of leading theorists from multiple disciplines who decenter the human in queer theory, exploring what it means to treat “the human” as simply one of many elements in a queer critical assemblage. Contributors examine the queer dimensions of recent moves to think apart from or beyond the human in affect theory, disability studies, critical race theory, animal studies, science studies, ecocriticism, and other new materialisms. Essay topics include race, fabulation, and ecology; parasitology, humans, and mosquitoes; the racialization of advocacy for pit bulls; and queer kinship in Korean films when humans become indistinguishable from weapons. The contributors argue that a nonhuman critical turn in queer theory can and should refocus the field’s founding attention to social structures of dehumanization and oppression. They find new critical energies that allow considerations of justice to operate alongside and through their questioning of the human-nonhuman boundary.

    Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, also published by Duke University Press. Dana Luciano is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University. She is the author of Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America and editor, with Ivy G. Wilson, of Unsettled States: Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies.

    Contributors: Neel Ahuja, Karen Barad, Jayna Brown, Mel Y. Chen, Jack Halberstam, Jinthana Haritaworn, Myra Hird, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Eileen Joy, Eunjung Kim, Dana Luciano, Uri McMillan, José Esteban Muñoz, Tavia Nyong’o, ?Jasbir K. Puar, Susan Stryker, Kimberly Tallbear, Jeanne Vaccaro, Harlan Weaver, Jami Weinstein

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