Connor Erik Spencer

Connor Erik Spencer

Research Interests

Biography

I am interested in objects. Letters, journals, photographs, scrapbooks, nightclub fliers, VHS tapes, toys and tchotchkes––these objects survive as the residue of queer experiments in living and loving. I am curious about how, on and off the page, the matter of queer life may illuminate relational forms and speculative political projects that cut across various categories of social difference. I am particularly intrigued by the unusual intimacies opened by archives and the archival impulse itself. In pursuing these questions of queer relationality, my research cruises between 20th- and 21st-century literature, contemporary visual art, underground sexual cultures, various theories of “things,” Marxist and anticapitalist thought, and queer of color critique––asking, What kinds of unexpected coalitions emerge among the artifacts of queer aesthetic and social practice?


I received my Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature from New York University, where I wrote my honors thesis on modes of longing in the archives of David Wojnarowicz and Gary Fisher. Prior to beginning graduate school, I enjoyed five years of teaching middle and high school English at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn.