School of Social and Political Science

Critically Queering the Globally Intimate

Keynote lecture
10 November 2016
18:00 - 20:00


Hugh Robson Building Lecture Theatre



The Chrystal Macmillan Lecture Autumn 2016, delivered by Professor V. Spike Peterson of The University of Arizona, raises important questions about the global implications of intimate relations. The intimacy of love and loving: how can it produce exclusions and social violence that trouble global relations? Professor Peterson focuses in this talk on the ‘love of marriage,’ arguing that it produces not only inequalities of gender and sexuality but also of ethnicity/race, class and national prosperity. The latter are less often or less visibly identified with marriage, yet are key to urgent global issues, including today’s political polarizations and ‘migration crises.’

About the Speaker

V. Spike Peterson is Professor of International Relations at the University of Arizona, with courtesy appointments in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and the Institute for LGBT Studies. She is the author of A Critical Rewriting of Global Political Economy: Integrating Reproductive, Productive and Virtual Economies (2003) and co-author, with Anne Sisson Runyan, of Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium (2010). Peterson’s awards include the Charles A. McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Rockefeller Bellagio Scholar Residency, Visiting Research Fellowships at Australian National University, University of Bristol, University of Göteborg, London School of Economics, Durham University, and currently at the University of Manchester. Her cross-disciplinary research interrogates the sex/gender and racialized dynamics of informalization, transnational householding, and global insecurities in the context of critically analyzing global political economy, and generates long histories and critical queerings of state formation, marriage, citizenship and nationalism.


The lecture will be in the Hugh Robson Building Lecture Theatre, 15 George Square, followed by reception and exhibition in the Chrystal Macmillan Building at 15A George Square. Both venues are fully accessible. 

Key speakers

  • Professor V. Spike Peterson, the University of Arizona