Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s)

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Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s) is a conversation starter, sparking smart talk about sexuality in the communication discipline and beyond. Edited by members of “The San Francisco Radical Trio,” the book integrates current queer theory, research, and interventions to create a critical lens with which to view the damaging effects of heteronormativity on personal, social, and cultural levels, and to see the possibilities for change through social and cultural transformation. Queer Theory and Communication represents a commitment to positive social change by imagining different social realities and sharing ideas, passions, and lived experiences.

As the communication discipline begins to recognize queer theory as a vital and viable intellectual movement equal to that of Gay and Lesbian studies, the opportunity is here to take current queer scholarship beyond conference papers and presentations. Queer Theory and Communication has five objectives: 1) to integrate and disseminate current queer scholarship to a larger audience-academic and nonacademic; 2) to examine the potential implications of queer theory in human communication theory and research in a variety of contexts; 3) to stimulate dialogue among queer scholars; 4) to set a preliminary research agenda; and 5) to explore the implications of the scholarship in cultural politics and personal empowerment and transformation.

Queer Theory and Communication boasts an esteemed panel of academics, artists, activists, editors, and essayists. Contributors include:

  • John Nguyet Erni, editor of Asian Media Studies and Research & Analysis Program Board member for GLAAD
  • Joshua Gamson, author of Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity
  • Sally Miller Gerahart, author, activist, and actress
  • Judith Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity
  • David M. Halperin, author of How to Do the History of Homosexuality
  • E. Patrick Johnson, editor of Black Queer Studies
  • Kevin Kumashiro, author of Troubling Education: Queer Activism and Antioppressive Pedagogy
  • Thomas Nakayama, co-editor of Whiteness: The Communication of Social Identity
  • A. Susan Owen, author of Bad Girls: Cultural Politics and Media Representations of Transgressive Women
  • William F. Pinar, author of Autobiography, Politics, and Sexuality, and editor of Queer Theory in Education
  • Ralph Smith, co-author of Progay/antigay: The Rhetorical War over Sexuality
Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s) is an essential addition to the critical consciousness of anyone involved in communication, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and the study of human sexuality, whether in the classroom, the boardroom, or the bedroom.

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Gust A. Yep (Ph.D., M.A.. & B.A., University of Southern California) is Professor of Speech & Communication Studies and Human Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. His teaching and research interests include critical intercultural communication, queer theory, communication and gender, media and popular culture, health communication, field research methods, and communication and sexualities. Yep co-authored Privacy and Disclosure of HIV in Interpersonal Relationships (Erlbaum, 2003), which was nominated for the 2004 International Communication Association Book of the Year Award. He was also the lead editor of Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s) (Harrington Park Press, 2003). Yep s work has appeared in numerous interdis-ciplinary journals and anthologies, such as AIDS Education and Prevention, Feminist Media Studies, His-panic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Interna-tional Quarterly of Community Health Education, Journal of American College Health, Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Lesbian Studies, and Journal of Social Behavior and Personality. He is recipient of several teaching and community service awards and he was the 1999 San Francisco State University nominee for the Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professors of the Year Award.

Karen Lovaas (Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Hawaii) is Assistant Professor of Speech and Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Recent publications underscore her interest in sexualities, gender, communication, and pedagogy. The contested terrain of LGBT studies and queer theory, with John Elia and Gust Yep, is in press; it is a follow-up volume to Queer theory and communication: From disciplining queers to queering the discipline(s) (Harrington Park Press, 2003). She authored encyclopedia entries on "gender roles" and "sexism" for The international encyclopedia of [homo] sexualities, education, and cultures (2005), and glossary entries on "cross-dressing," "free love," "liberation," and "sexual assault" for Sexuality: The essential glossary (2004). "A critical appraisal of assimilationist and radical ideologies underlying same-sex marriage in LGBT communities in the United States" (2003), with Yep and Elia, and "Sexual practices, identification, and the paradoxes of identity in the era of AIDS: The case of 'riding bareback'" (2002), Yep and Alex Pagonis, were published in Journal of Homosexuality. With former undergraduate students Lina Baroudi and S. Collins, Lovaas wrote "Transcending heteronormativity in the classroom: Using queer and critical pedagogies to alleviate trans-anxieties" for the Journal of Lesbian Studies (2002); it was simultaneously published in Addressing homophobia and heterosexism on college campuses (Haworth Press, 2003). "Communication in 'Asian American' families with queer members: A relational dialectics perspective," with Yep and Philip Ho, appears in Queer families, queer politics: Challenging culture and the state (Columbia University Press, 2001). Her ongoing projects utilize critical, queer, and feminist approaches to communication research and pedagogy.

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