Methods Seminars are in-depth, interdisciplinary investigations of a particular problem or theme. These seminars focus on ways of knowing the world characteristic of the disciplines represented in the seminar, such that the forms or methods of investigation are as important as the subject matter itself.
What is queer history good for? What difference does it make which past we claim as our own, or how we tell stories about it? This course will explore the many forms queer histories take-- including films, gallery exhibitions, oral history transcripts, memoirs, fiction and scholarly essays. Our emphasis is on the ways that history is made and especially on oral interviewing and archival research techniques. Students are required to explore the rich holdings of the SF LGBT Historical Society, and will produce an original work of queer history based on their own research.