Queering School, queers in school

An introduction


  • Anna Malmquist Institutionen för beteendevetenskap och lärande, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Malena Gustavson Institutionen för tema, Tema Genus, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Irina Schmitt Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden




Queer studies of education have become a growing field with a range of theoretical and political positions and methodological approaches. Moreover, research with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) kids is tightly connected to anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia and norm-critical activism. One of the key contentions within this field is what researchers and activists mean by “queer” in the context of education: is it a focus on queer/ed subjectivities? Is it about using queer theories to critique forms and norms of education in a given sociopolitical context? Who is queer/ed in schools? Is the language of homophobia and transphobia the best or even correct way to describe and analyse normative educational settings and frameworks?


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