Queer Callings, Archival Callings: A Conversation with Mark D. Jordan & Lynne Gerber
Thursday, November 9, 2023
We who engage queer texts, figures, and histories dwell with archives. What in them calls out to us? What do we look for in them? How do we hear what we find there? In this conversation about his newest work, Queer Callings, Mark Jordan asked us to consider the calls of the archives. We discussed archival intimacies – from the electrifying to the muffled or incomplete – and the speech (and bodies) they conjure, resist or refuse.
Mark D. Jordan, Ph.D. is a long-time reader of Christian theology, European philosophy, and gender studies. Before his retirement from Harvard’s Divinity School, he taught courses on the traditions of Christian soul-shaping, the relations of religion to art or literature, and the current prospects for sexual ethics. He continues to write spiritual histories of queer living in the United States.
Lynne Gerber, Ph.D. is an independent scholar. Her work focuses on religious engagements with AIDS in 1980s and 90s San Francisco.