Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's Studies

First Advisor

Susan Talburt

Second Advisor

Amira Jarmakani

Third Advisor

Juliana Kubala


This thesis layers theories of affect circulation, queer performance participation, counterpublics, and queer space and time with ethnographic work performed in queer performance spaces. In so doing, the thesis explores affective networks in queer performance spaces in order to begin a theoretical analysis of the connecting affects amongst queer performance participants. In my interviews, I found affective connections which I explored as keywords. These keywords express affects that, in part, create the affective networks of queer performance participants.