After Sept. 11, 2001, George W. Bush declared, "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." Bush's assertion was not simply jingoist bravado--it encapsulated the civilizationalist moralism that has motivated and defined the United States since its beginning. In Queer Terror, C. Heike Schotten offers a critique of U.S. settler-colonial empire that draws on political, queer, and critical indigenous theory to situate Bush's either/or moralism and reframe the concept of terrorism. The categories of the War on Terror exemplify the moralizing politics that insulate U.S. empire from critique, render its victims deserving of its abuses, and delegitimize resistance to it as unthinkable and perverse.
Heike Schotten is associate professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches political theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. Committed to principled emancipatory politics, her research interrogates the possibilities and various meanings of liberation within the specific contexts/constraints of U.S. imperialism, settler colonialism, and still-hegemonic Euro-American constructs of knowledge and knowing. She loves the city of Chicago and is a longtime Palestine solidarity activist.