AbstractIn this essay, the author considers how classist divisions present within queer studies may well be exacerbated by the institutionalization of queer studies within university

In particular, she examines the class privilege that attends both queer theory’s and university’s deployment of travel metaphors. In both cases, the language of travel is the potentially empowering language of intellectual agility and social mobility.

Importantly, though, both queer theorists’ and university administrators’ employment of travel metaphors often serves to reaffirm cultural hegemony, specifically to sustain rather than to examine and combat social oppression.

This sad irony is particularly apparent when one compares university representations of commuter and residential students. Thus, the… question that faces universities is how to keep queer studies critically queer so that universities can recognize and address the various forms or models of social mobility that are present on their campuses, commuter as well as residential.

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