Thanks for your recent, very polished posts. I'm wondering now if you would embrace the spirit of blogging and offer us something more extemporaneous? I, for one, would like to hear your reflections on the following:
(1) It seems clear to me from your writing here and elsewhere (esp. your very nice piece "The Roguish Future of Queer Studies") that you see queer theory's best ally -- and best promise for a lively future -- in Jacques Derrida. Would you take a moment, though, and reflect upon the possible limitations of a deconstructive mode upon what you have called in the past the Future*Queer? Does queer theory have other promising allies besides Derrida and Deleuze? How about outside continental philosophy?
(2) When I introduced you on the blog, I mentioned the international perspective that you bring to queer theory. Though much "early" queer theory came from the UK (esp. in Early Modern studies), it seems like its energy then moved across to the United States and settled in contemporary theory and medieval studies. Am I wrong about this? It's interesting, for example, that the two medievalists whom you note gave plenaries at the Queer Matters conference are American (though the organizer you mention, Robert Mills, is not; I am a big fan of his work, by the way). Many of the medievalists doing queer theory you cite in your posts are likewise American (Glenn Burger is one of the exceptions). Is the geography of the academy in any way significant when thinking about the current state of queer theory, especially perhaps when it comes to getting jobs and publishing books? Have you and Noreen Giffney, with the breathtaking energy you've put into queer theorizing in Ireland, brought about institutional change or have you found yourselves fighting against academic currents?
(3) I am guessing that you would describe queer theory now as remaining as vivacious and as full of promise as it was when medievalists were first exploring its possibilities in the 1990s. Is that true, or do you subscribe to the view often heard on the conference circuit that queer theory has lost its former energy and is becoming a specialist's sub-discipline or small and exclusive club?
(4) And a final, easy question. At Leeds in 2005, at one of the post-panel pubfests, you and I talked about what we found appealing about queer theory, especially in its challenges to dominant notions of identity. I offered that queer theory yields a useful vocabulary and a catalytic mode of thinking for considering identity's contradictions, vagrancies, and (in)exclusions. You said that you also found appealing its transfigurative effect upon identities of all kinds. Would you like to say more?
You will notice that I actually posed four questions. That's me: I can't count.