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GRADS@WORK, Maier to give lecture, "Keep Tourette's Queer!: On Maintaining the Critique"

GRADS @ WORK 

CAS PhD candidate and rhetorical scholar Sophia Maier will give a public lecture sponsored by The Tourette Association of America on Tuesday, June 22, 2022, at 3 p.m. EST. The talk, "Keep Tourette's Queer!: On Maintaining the Critique," will be livestreamed as well as recorded and archived for later viewing and listening. 

In her talk, Maier asks: What does it mean to be a Touretter? Does the phrase “Tourette syndrome” (TS) identify merely biological characteristics? Or might the phrase represent something beyond symptomatology? Tracing the medical history of Tourette syndrome, Maier argues that the term “Tourette syndrome” is a contrived, political designation. Examining the resonances of (anti-) queerness, deviancy, and whiteness within the political mechanisms of Tourette syndrome diagnostics, Maier insists that Tourettic bodyminds are sources of vital political critique. The critique at the heart of Tourette syndrome, Maier concludes, has the potential to guide the TS community towards a revolutionary future.

Congratulations, Sophia!