CHR Queer Book Launch

with Roger N. Lancaster and Samuel Clowes Huneke, moderated by Jessica Hurley

Monday, February 12, 2024 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST
Hybrid: Horizon Hall 6325 and Zoom

Please join us for a CHR Queer Book Launch!

Hybrid event: Horizon Hall 6325 or on Zoom.

Zoom link will be shared via CHR's newsletter; sign up here.

Jessica Hurley will moderate a discussion with Roger N. Lancaster, author of The Struggle to be Gay--In Mexico, for Example, and Samuel Clowes Huneke, author of A Queer Theory of the State.


More about the speakers:

Roger Lancaster (Professor, History/Art History; Cultural Studies) was educated at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his PhD in Cultural Anthropology. He has taught at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and at Columbia University. At George Mason, he served as Anthropology Program Coordinator and, for fifteen years (1999-2014), as Director of the Cultural Studies Ph.D. Program. His books include Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua, which received both the C. Wright Mills Award (Society for the Study of Social Problems) and the Ruth Benedict Prize (Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists). He edited (with Micaela di Leonardo) The Gender/Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy. His fifth book is Sex Panic and the Punitive State, which also won the Ruth Benedict Prize. 

Samuel Clowes Huneke (Assistant Professor, History/Art History) received a PhD in Modern European History from Stanford University in 2019. His research focuses on the social and political history of twentieth-century Germany, in particular how everyday life intersects with and shapes relationships between citizens and states. His research interests include the history of gender and sexuality, legal history, and the history of democracy. His first book, States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany(2022), won the Charles E. Smith Award for best book in European History from the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association. Huneke has written for Boston Review, Washington Post, The Point, and Los Angeles Review of Books.

Jessica Hurley (Assistant Professor, English; Cultural Studies; Women and Gender Studies) teaches classes and supervises research in speculative fiction, multi-ethnic American, Indigenous, and world literatures, environmental humanities, queer studies, and critical theory. Her first book, Infrastructures of Apocalypse: American Literature and the Nuclear Complex, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2020 and was awarded the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment book prize, as well as being a finalist for the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present book prize. It argues that American literature has responded to the atom bomb not only as an unthinkable paradox or a future threat but also as a new set of apocalyptic infrastructures that have determined the flow of resources and risks across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 


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