IAFOR Executive Director, Dr Joseph Haldane, sits down Professor Donald E. Hall of Lehigh University, USA, to discuss the origins of Queer Studies, growing up in the deep south, Professor Hall's academic career, The Routledge Queer Studies Reader and an interdisciplinary "call to arms".
Professor Hall was a Keynote Speaker at The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2014 in Osaka, Japan.
Professor Donald E. Hall
Professor Donald E. Hall has published widely in the fields of British Studies, Gender Theory, Cultural Studies and Professional Studies. Prior to arriving at Lehigh in 2011, he served as Jackson Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English (and previously Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages) at West Virginia University (WVU). Before his tenure at WVU, he was Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he taught for thirteen years. He is a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award at CSUN, was a visiting professor at the National University of Rwanda, was 2001 Lansdowne Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada), was Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Studies at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, for 2004-05 and was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Helsinki for 2006. He has taught also in Sweden, Romania, Hungary and China. He has served on numerous panels and committees for the Modern Language Association (MLA), including the Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion and the Convention Program Committee. In 2012, he served as national President of the Association of Departments of English. In 2013, he was elected to and began serving on the Executive Council of the MLA.
His current and forthcoming work examines issues such as professional responsibility and academic community-building, the dialogics of social change and ethical intellectualism and the Victorian (and our continuing) interest in the deployment of instrumental agency over our social, vocational and sexual selves. His book, The Academic Community: A Manual For Change, was published by Ohio State University Press in the fall of 2007. His tenth book, Reading Sexualities: Hermeneutic Theory and the Future of Queer Studies, was published in the spring of 2009. In 2012, he and Annamarie Jagose, of the University of Auckland, collaborated on a volume titled The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, which was published in July of that year. He continues to lecture worldwide on the value of a liberal arts education and the need for nurturing global competencies in students and interdisciplinary dialogue in and beyond the classroom.