Queer Theology

REL660
Fall 2016
M 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Area: 
Area II
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity
Professor: 
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course provides an introduction to queer theology, its theoretical grounding in queer theory, and some of the controversies and possibilities that make up its current shape. Questions considered include whether Christianity can or should be queer, what the implications of contemporary debates in queer theory over temporality, futurity, sociality, and spatiality might be for Christian thought and practice, how to use art and performance as theological sources, and the way queer theory’s anti-essentialist stance shifts the terms of debates over the status of LGBTQ persons in Christianity. We will also consider the impact of HIV/AIDS on notions of community formation, risk, and finitude. 

Background Expected: 

At least one semester of theology at the graduate level (introduction to theology or systematic theology) or permission of instructor. Preferably at least one course in gender studies. 

Course Requirements: 

Careful reading of 100-150pp per week, submission of weekly questions for discussion to classesv2, lead discussion once, project using art/performance, 15-20 page research paper. 

Basis of Evaluation: 

Weekly questions 25%, discussion facilitation 10%, art/performance project 15%, final paper 50%