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Contemporary Queer Theatre and Performance Research: A Forum by the Queer Futures Working Group. Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 February 2015


The Queer Futures working group had its first formal meeting at the International Federation for Theatre Research's annual conference at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2010. That year those gathered decided on our group's name, mindful of queer theory's temporal turn, but more fundamentally hoping it would signal a commitment to fostering queer research within IFTR for years to come. While some of us working on queer theatre and performance projects had found supportive homes in other working groups in the past, there was a sense among the founding members that a working group specifically dedicated to queer research was long overdue, in order to adequately respond to the range and complexity of queer practices, theories and methods that we found ourselves grappling with. Although we were aware of a sense within certain sectors of the academy that queer theory's moment had passed, this was not entirely consistent with our personal and political beliefs, or scholarly pursuits. This conviction has since been vindicated by the growth and activity of the group.

Forum: Contemporary Queer Theatre and Performance Research
Copyright © International Federation for Theatre Research 2015 

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1 The initial idea for the working group was floated the previous year by Alyson Campbell and David Cregan, with encouragement from then IFTR president Brian Singleton.

2 Examples of key texts in queer theory's temporal focus that, in a sense, defined scholarship in the 2000s include Edelman, Lee, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar; Halberstam, Judith, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (New York: New York University Press, 2005)Google Scholar; Muñoz, José Esteban, Cruising Utopia (New York: New York University Press, 2009)Google Scholar.