Kadji Amin

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

20152016 Forum on Sex

Kadji Amin

Assistant Professor, Queer Studies; Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory
Stony Brook University

Ph.D., Duke University, 2009

Kadji Amin’s research focuses on the disorienting effects of the queer past on Queer Studies. He will complete his book manuscript, tentatively titled Queer Attachments, during his fellowship year at the Humanities Forum. Amin earned his PhD in Romance Studies (French) with a graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University. He has published “Anachronizing the Penitentiary, Queering the History of Sexuality” in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, “‘Blesser’ le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-4 et 2003,” in Études françaises, “Ghosting Transgender Historicity in Colette’s The Pure and the Impure” in L’Esprit Créateur, and “Spectral Mourning and Carceral Masculinities: Jean Genet's Miracle de la Rose” in French Studies.

Queer Attachments

Queer Attachments studies historical queer attachments in order to interrogate the attachments concealed within the term queer. Historical queer attachments are modes of relation, belonging, and politics toward which same-sex sexuality tends, adheres, or attaches under particular historical conditions. Within liberal states, it is increasingly taken for granted that same-sex sexuality leads to gay or lesbian identification, which, in turn, leads to the feeling of belonging to the gay and lesbian community and to political action on behalf of that community. Queer Attachments uses French author Jean Genet’s aversions, orientations, and attractions as a vehicle to examine what is left out of this story: that is, the range of attachments to something other than sexual identity, community, and politics to which earlier forms of same-sex sexuality may have tended. This project challenges Queer Studies to allow its affective tendencies to be unsettled and transformed by earlier modes of queer feeling.