For “the children” dancing the beloved community

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This essay offers the underground Black queer dance club as a key site for an exploration of not only individual desire and autonomy, but also community. Based on auto-ethnographic experience within clubs in the U.S. and close readings of Black lesbian and gay literature and theory, this intervention is made within a particularly “queer time”—past and present, futures yearned for and denied; and “queer place”—the club, the Black queer page, stage and canvas of everyday life. Beyond encouraging an orientation toward a Black queer studies that is at once about material effects and resonant affect, I also hope to sketch some ways we might re-think recent debates on the Child, relationality, and futurity in Queer Studies, which have proceeded without the voices of “the children.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-326
Number of pages16
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Black
  • Desire
  • Nostalgia
  • Queer
  • Sociality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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