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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

Queer friendship

Über selbstgewählte Mütter, Familienabolitionismus und Freund_innenschaft als Lebensweise

Theory seminar
WS 23/24
Target group
Basic Studies

Dates - place & time

25.10.23MittwochWöchentlich14:00 - 16:00Filzengraben 8-10, Seminarraum KMW, 2.04
from-to14:00 - 16:00
LocationFilzengraben 8-10, Seminarraum KMW, 2.04

Seminar description

Popcultural depictions of cisheteronormative nuclear family life have verged on the apocalyptic in recent years: Mothers at the edge of nervous breakdown, violent or completely lackadaisical fathers, murderous or murdered children and societies that are at best indifferent regarding the division of care-work or emotional labor. At the same time, authoritarian populists foster and instrumentalize fears of the end of The Family and the destruction of the – supposedly – biological order. They use these fears to target queers who they claim are out to destroy the nuclear family and the generational order. Mainstream gay community has traditionally answered these calls to violence with demands for inclusion, diversity, rainbow families and gay marriage. – But there are also queer positions that indeed demand an end of patriarchal violence and exploitation and deconstruct the institution of the family.

We will read queer theoretical critiques of familialism, texts about family abolition, the celebration of chosen families and complex kinship relations, and discuss friendship as a political practice.

Texts will be in English and in German, we’ll speak English, German, Dinglish.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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