QUEERINT (“The Figure of the Queer Intellectual: Theoretical Trajectories and Public Engagements”) is one of the fourteen projects that are part of the INVITE programme, co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions programme and by Regione Veneto. Aim of this project is to investigate the idea of a queer critique by centering, first, on the work and thought of French philosopher Michel Foucault; second, on how U.S. scholars Judith Butler and Eve K. Sedgwick understand the practice of queer criticism; and third, on such new streams in queer theories as “post-critique” and a queer critique “without antinormativity,” which put the status and relevance of (queer) criticism today into question. The picture of queer criticism provided throughout the research is one where the philosophical, the political, and the ethical cannot be squarely isolated from one another, nor can they be considered apart from the public engagement and cultural investment of all critical enterprises. This exploration of queer critique and its “discontents” aims not only to provide a comprehensive overview of how critique has been thought of and practiced by queer intellectuals, but also to shed light on how the practice itself is being (and ought to be) reconsidered vis-à-vis the current attacks on gender studies and queer knowledges.

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