Lee Weeks

Lee Weeks

Graduate Student, 2018 Cohort

Education

B.A. Sociology & Gender and Diversity Studies, Xavier University, 2018

        Minor in Peace and Justice Studies

About Lee Weeks

From even before my conscious self was conceived and lived, I came to know and embody an existence that was essentially corrupt, unnatural, and perverse.  The most intimate parts of me from the inside betrayed and became how I would be defined by the world on the outside. My mannerisms were ridiculed for entertainment, my voice mocked as a joke, and my humanity denigrated to the discursive parameters of an abject sexuality that was simultaneously beyond my grasp and stained all over me. Even after I developed the tools to decipher and critique the social world where my “self” was circumscribed and charted the space to (re)locate (my aspirations of) this “self,” I remain(ed) confined by what I may never be and what I always already am. This is why I am interested in abject sexualities or the ideas, concepts, people, practices, and behaviors we take for granted as vile or repugnant.  What gets conferred as normal or acceptable at any given place and time has significant social and material consequences for the abnormal and abject, the most insidious of which might be the infection of the relationship with the "self,” whereby we are produced as that which must be overcome (through correction and/or in spite of denigration) in order to be loved, affirmed, and desired, by even our “self.” This is a personal struggle as much as it is a political one, and a project I find both narcissistically redeeming and desperately necessary.

On a more depressing note, I am a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army in the grade of Second Lieutenant serving as an Adjutant General Officer. You might consider my “choice” to join and serve in the Army was a product of or, rather, is masochism; both are probably true. My undergraduate thesis, How to (Not) Be a Fag in the Army, An Autoethnography, explores the capstone training assessment before I commissioned as an Officer. In part, How to (Not) Be a Fag studies the lurking figure of the fag that haunts the Army and its Soldiers that is produced by the very sort of training that designed to extinguish the fag from Soldiers in the first place.

Courses Taught

GNDR-G 101 Gender, Culture, and Society

Selected Awards

Phi Beta Kappa Society, Pi of Ohio Chapter, Inducted Spring 2018

Vincent and Hilda Gudorf Minority Studies Award, Xavier University, Spring 2018

Alpha Sigma Nu: Jesuit Honors Society, Xavier University, Inducted Fall 2017