Queer Studies Caucus - Mission Statement
The decision to change the caucus name from Gay and Lesbian Italian Studies to the Queer Studies Caucus is one that reflects both a desire to broaden the understanding of gender and sexuality to include those people who may exist outside of, or be interested in the boundaries delimited by terms like “gay”, “lesbian”, “bisexual”, and “transgender” and to encourage alternative or queer readings of what have otherwise been considered dominant discourses. The Caucus will promote an intersectional approach to the discussion of queer and gender issues within Italian studies using feminist, literary, cultural, philosophical and political approaches. Therefore, the QSC should be considered an entirely interdisciplinary caucus, joining in events and plenaries with other caucuses but still its own entity within the AAIS. The main goal of the QSC is to create an environment which will facilitate coordination and communication among its members including, but not limited to, the following themes in academia and Italian culture-at-large:
The principal authors of the Queer Studies Caucus mission statement are Ayana Smythe and Julia Heim with support from Clarissa Clò and Eugenio Giusti.
President and Secretary