Getting Inside the Outsider: Credentials and Queerness in the Academy

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Northeastern Modern Language Association (April 30-May 3, 2015, Ryerson University)
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What is the experience of new queer-identified members of the academy in the tightening job market? Has there been stricter inspection of non-normative doctoral candidates, adjuncts, junior faculty, and their potentially non-normative work, now that funding is more scarce and controversy more risky? Has what Michael Warner described as "queer studies' critical edge," gained "by defining itself against ... normal business in the academy," been dismissed in the guise of maintaining so-called greater institutional health, the supposed greater good, and greater approval by communities at large? The worse the job market gets, the more invidious these administrative concerns, and the more precarious the position of fledgling queer-identified members of the academy becomes--thus, the growing exigency of this issue.

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