What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now? (News From Beyond)

So goes the title of the new fall/winter
2005 special double issue of Social
Text. The guest editors, David Eng,
Judith Halberstam, and José Esteban
Muñoz. explain: In this special double
issue of Social Text, we embrace all that
is indecent and perverse about the field.
But we also insist upon queer studies’
continued intellectual and political
relevance to a wide social field by
reassessing its most important
theoretical insights and by realigning its
historical foci, critical attentions, and
disciplinary critiques. Indeed, in this
intense time of militarization, war, and
death, of U.S. unilateralism and
corporate domination, queer
intellectuals now more than ever need
to enter public debates about national
and global crises—about the meaning of
democracy and freedom, citizenship and
immigration, family and community, the
alien and the human. What does queer
studies have to say about empire? About
globalization, neo-liberalism, terrorism,
sovereignty, immigration, welfare,
mourning, human rights? While queer
studies in the past has not always
addressed itself to such broad and
multiple concerns, queer studies in the
present offers a number of important
insights. With articles by Tavia Nyong’o,
Joon Oluchi Lee, Elizabeth Freeman,
Amy Villarejo, Roderick A. Ferguson,
Chandan Reddy, Jasbir K. Puar, Martin F.
Manalansan, IV, Gayatri Gopinath, Hiram
Perez, Karen Tongson, Judith
Halberstam, Teemu Ruskola, Michael
Cobb, Nayan Shah, and Janet R.