It was a fascinating talk that I have been trying to summarise into a single paragraph for nearly an hour....
Ultimately queer is undefinable, even throughout queer theory there isn't one single definition; rather, a different one depending on who you speak to. Claudia was clear and concise and interesting, I could have listened to her for a lot longer than 40 minutes. Following her talk we had a great group discussion about how queer politics and how they fit into feminism; the importance of feminism as intersectional and inclusive.
Claudia gave us a mini bibliography that she used to write her talk. I am slowly working my way through a few of them:
Annamarie Jagose, Queer Theory: An Introduction (1995)
Michael Warner, The Trouble With Normal (1999)
Michel Foucault, History of Sexuality, vol. 1. 1976. (1998)
Bridget Byrne, “Gender” in 50 Key Concepts. London: Sage, forthcoming (BB)
Laura Doan and David Alderson, “Sexuality” in 50 Key Concepts. London: Sage, forthcoming (BB)
Donald E. Hall, Queer Theories. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003
“Queer Nation Manifesto” (1990)
“Queers of Color Manifesto” (1995)
Susan Stryker, “Transgender Feminism: Queering the Woman Question” in Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration, eds. Stacy Gillis, Gillian Howie and Rebecca Munford. New York: Palgrave, 2004, pp. 59-70
Judith Halberstam, In a Queer Time and Place. NY: New York UP, 2005
Elizabeth Freeman, “Queer Temporalities: A Roundtable Discussion,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 13:2-3 (2007): 177-195
Sullivan, Nikki 2003, A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh (Chapter 3 ‘Queer: A Question of Being or A Question of Doing?’)