Queer Liberation Theory Project

May 19th, 2013

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Currently In Production!
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Project Scope and Objectives
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The Queer Liberation Theory Project will seek to advance the public education and community development work being done in the name of queer liberation, by resurrecting the principles of the historical gay liberation movement, re-contextualizing them within contemporary queer discourse, translating the findings in theoretical terms, and disseminating them through various accessible multimedia platforms.  The international literature will be reviewed and a multi-media resource list of sources that deal with queer liberation theory and perspectives will be created.  Ontario-based activists, academics and artists who engage in queer liberation theory and activism will also be interviewed and an oral history and short documentary created for public education and queer community development purposes. A clear language pamphlet, ‘Queer Liberation in the 2010s’, will be produced, and a public forum will be held where the oral history, short documentary and pamphlet are slated to be launched.
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Project Significance

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The significance of this project is in its attempt to disrupt the forces of a neo-liberal agenda that has infiltrated the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) communities over the last two decades, partly due to many positive advancements made by equal rights advocates (i.e. marriage equality), and also because of the overriding discourse that queer persons are just likestraight persons save for their sexual attractions.  A queer contingent of the LGBT communities have become more and more dissatisfied and discontented with the direction of the LGBT movement, feeling that their countercultural voices are being increasingly drowned out by heteronormative, assimilationist, capitalistic and corporatizing powers at the expense of diversity and queer social justice.  In response, this research project will resurrect the principles of the historical gay liberation movement, re-contextualize them within a contemporary discourse, iterate the findings in theoretical terms and disseminate them via multimedia approaches to further the aims of modern queer liberation movements, including community development and public education.
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Research Team

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The Queer Liberation Theory Project is a community-based research study partnering Nick Mulé in his academic capacity with Queer Ontario to make up the following research team:

  • Principal Investigator: Nick Mulé, PhD
  • Research Assistant: A.J. Lowik
  • Research Assistant: Dwayne Shaw
  • Cinematographer: Davina Hader
  • Community-Based Partner: Queer Ontario
    (Media Committee, Research and Education Committee)

Resource Lists
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A collection of resources related to queer liberation can be found on our Queer Liberation Theory Resource List page.
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A Final Note

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The Queer Liberation Theory Project is a research project made possible thanks to a York University Minor Research Grant, and a SSHRC Small Grant issued by York University.
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