Andreas Ihlang Berg
Same sex marriage as assimilation or equality through difference: A Queer Theological discourse on intimate relationships.
Generally, in western society, and specifically, in theology, the discourse on intimate relationship is predominantly formed by what Judith Butler names a heterosexual matrix. i.e. a system that assumes that for bodies to cohere and make sense there must be a stable sex expressed through a stable gender (masculine expresses male, feminine expresses female) that is oppositionally and hierarchically defined through the compulsory practice of heterosexuality. When met with humans that deviates in a significantly way from this heterosexual matrix, such as LGBTQI+ persons, the theological discourse strikes a problem: How can one discuss a theology of intimate relationship, without assimilating LGBTQI+ persons in to a heterosexual matrix? My dissertation will explore this possibility through two main lines. First I will collect qualitative data by interviewing people who personally define themselves as LGBTQI+ persons. I will examine in what space my informants construct and construe intimate relationships. Second I will use this data in a theological discourse to figure out how a heterosexual matrix can be deconstructed as space for theological construction of intimate relationships, thus constructing a queer space, liberated from a heterosexual matrix on intimate relationships.
Professor Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo.
Doctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology.