Christina B. Hanhardt is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the author of the book Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence (Duke, 2013). Her new project, “Left Out,” engages debates in queer theory and politics to track the history of stigma in post-WWII U.S. left social movements.
Professor Christina Hanhardt. Hanhardt’s talk focuses on Respatializing Queer Political Histories:As activists and scholars have sought to define queer as more than shorthand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identities, how has that shifted our understanding of the places where queer politics might be found? Inspired by some of the issues that came to the fore in 202, this discussion will focus on histories of mutual aid and harm reduction in the context of state abandon and state violence to think about the street corner, downtown districts, small towns, and other places too often outside of normative queer political history.