University Offers ‘Queer Space’ Course That Examines ‘Bathhouses And Cruising Grounds’

Written by K. Walker on May 22, 2018

No, this is not satire. Seriously, these new college courses are beyond parody.

You just can’t make them up.

From Beyoncé studies at Rutgers University to the study of Virtual People at Stanford, it seems even our prestigious institutes of ‘higher learning’ aren’t immune to the inanity of the new ‘intellectual’ elite.

Some classes seem self-explanatory, like the ‘Wasting time on the internet’ class at the University of Pennsylvania, or perhaps the Belmont University course, ‘Oh Look, A Chicken! Embracing Distraction As A Way of Knowing’.

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But no department has had as many newly-discovered raisons d’être than the faculty of Gender studies.

From the study of Cyberfeminism at Cornell to Hampshire College’s entire Queer studies program, it seems that the LGBTQ+ agenda is steadily chugging along and churning out new courses from ‘new’ perspectives.

Which brings us to this bizarre course offering from Tufts University — ‘Queer Space: Explorations in Art and Architecture‘.

Not only will the course cover ‘queer spacial aesthetics’ and ‘queer world-making’ in places like bathhouses, nightclubs, and ‘cruising grounds’, the course goes much further:

According to the course syllabus, “Queer Space: Explorations in Art and Architecture” will address questions such as: “What is ‘queer space’? How have works of art and architecture shaped queer understandings and experiences of space?”

Conversely, students will also learn about “spaces of queer appropriation,” including “campuses,” “streets” and “cityscapes.”

Is that the appropriation of non-queer spaces by queer people or of queer spaces by non-queer people?

I’m already confused.

Perhaps the professor of the course, Ph.D. candidate from MIT, Jackson Davidow, can clear it up.

Davidow explains in the course description that students “will examine how a range of artists, architects, curators, critics, and other cultural practitioners have developed aesthetic and political strategies to engage with their spatial and built environments.”

“Beyond ruminating on queer spatial aesthetics and form,” he adds, “we will navigate spaces of queer world-making (e.g. bathhouses, nightclubs, cruising grounds, alternative art venues, domestic settings, archives, memorials, the Internet), as well as spaces of queer appropriation (e.g. museums, campuses, streets, cityscapes, environments, borderlines).”

“We will also explore the queer dimensions of space in relation to spatialized concepts of diaspora, (de)-colonization, globalization, gentrification, and climate change,” the description concludes, noting that students will “have the opportunity to create an artwork or exhibition proposal” as part of their coursework.

Nope. That didn’t help at all.

The “Queer Space” course “counts toward the Architectural Studies major or minor as an elective in the Architectural and Art History category,” according to the description, but does not count as an upper-level course.

Source: Campus Reform

The program is part of the Experimental College Program at Tufts which offers small, participation-based courses from visiting lecturers and teaching fellows. The goal is to expose students to subjects and teachers beyond the classroom.

Maybe that’s not such a laudable goal… just sayin’.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, occasional Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll

 

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