In “The Normalisation of Queer Theory”, David Halperin writes: “Queer” is such a simple, unassuming little word… originally came into being as a joke”. Its establishment in academic circles and acceptance led to conversations about ’normalisation’ of queer as robbing it off its revolutionary power. As Halperin notes: "Even to define queer… is to limit its potential…”. Apart of Halperin’s “The Normalisation of Queer Theory”, we’ll look into dialogues of Dionysos and Pentheus Euripides “The Bacchae” and Judith Halberstam’s “The Queer Art of Failure”.
[image: Avenir Institute, Athena-Dionysian Justice (detail), 2018]