March 23: DARWIN, QUEERLY: Evolution, Natural Law, & the Diversity of Desire

darwin queerlyDarwin, Queerly: Evolution, Natural Law, & the Diversity of Desire

a lecture by Donovan Schaefer
March 23, Thursday
6:30 to 8 pm

Donovan Schaefer, Lecturer in Religion & Science, Trinity College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Darwinian biology is often held up as a heteronormative framework. Natural law theologians who are pro-Darwin see it as a way to glorify straightness, cisness, and heteropatriarchal norms. But a closer examination of Darwinian thought–both within Darwin’s research and subsequent developments in evolutionary theory–shows that Darwin can be coupled with contemporary queer and trans* theory. Darwin is a passionate partisan of difference, becoming, vital materiality, and the diversity of desire.
Performance Studies Studio
721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612
This event is free & open to the public. RSVPs not necessary.
Followed on Friday afternoon by Non-human Encounters: Animals, Objects, Affects, & the Place of Practice: Conversations between cultural theory, psychoanalysis, & the arts.
For more information, please contact the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at csgs(at) or 212-992-9540.
Facebook event page here.
Co-sponsored by the NYU Animal Studies Initiative, Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Performance Studies, and by the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality.