HDS 2202

Queering the World: Dismantling Heteronormativity in Congregations, Communities, and Organizations introduces students to three systematic and process-oriented approaches: (1) Personality-Driven Queering, (2) Top-Down Organizational Compliance Queering, (3) Communal Queering. Utilizing Queer theory, ethics, Queer theology, ecclesiology, gender studies, and post-colonial methods, the course examines the cultural backgrounds, beliefs, morals, values, and heteronormative structures of American congregations, communities, and organizations. It proposes methods for restructuring, reimagining, and subverting heterosexist paradigms and binary assumptions that perpetuate oppression. Examining mainline open and affirming congregations, LGBTQIAP+ affirming communities, and organizations, the class considers differences and similarities in their approaches to queering. Key questions include: (1) What occurs when a congregation, community, or organization is queered? (2) Can queering theology, culture, and systems lead to more than critique, pointing toward renewal with new, liberating structures, practices, performances, and self-understandings? (3) Is it possible to Queer the organization one wishes to queer?

This is a limited enrollment course. To apply, send a statement to bcrowley@hds.harvard.edu with the following information:  your name, degree program, year of study, school or university, previous relevant academic background, and a brief statement of your goals for the course.