This week, UChicago released its course listings for the autumn quarter of the upcoming academic year. One of the classes listed under the religious studies department, titled “Queering God,” caught the eyes of a multitude of students both within and outside the religious studies program.
The class, taught by Professor Olivia Bustion of the UChicago Divinity School, describes itself as asking a set of unconventional questions: “Can God be an ally in queer worldmaking? Is God queer? What does queerness have to do with Judaism, Christianity, or Islam?” The description continues by explaining that the class “introduces students to foundational concepts in queer and trans studies by focusing on queer Jewish, Christian, and Islamic theologies.”
Bustion has written papers including “Queering the City of God: W.H. Auden’s Later Poetry and the Ethics of Friendship” and “Autism and Christianity: An Ethnographic Intervention,” the latter of which characterizes itself as elucidating “a distinctively aspie understanding of God.”
The Thinker reached out to Bustion to inquire as to what exactly “queer worldmaking” means and how God could be an ally in queer worldmaking; what would make God, a being without a sexuality, “queer”; and whether or not she sees a contradiction between practicing Judaism, Christianity, or Islam and supporting queer and transgender ideology. The Thinker did not get a response.
Mitchell Robson is the Chicago Thinker’s Associate Publisher, Chief Newsletter Officer, and Social Media Director. As a third year at the University of Chicago, he is majoring in Physics and Molecular Engineering and minoring in History. When not studying or doing work for the Thinker, you can probably find him shooting hoops, reading something by Ludwig von Mises, or cheering on the Patriots or Celtics.