Queer Ecologies Research Cluster

The Queer Ecology Research Cluster meets every other week to investigate how sexuality and concepts of nature have been historically linked. In particular, we are interested in how evolutionary and ecological science has informed what is "natural" and how we use this information to delineate certain sexual behaviors as normal or aberrant. Queer Ecologies seeks to examine the historical making of the natural as it relates to sexuality while communicating the overwhelming diversity of sex and gender in biology.

CURRENT PROJECTS
- Finding Marla
- and more to come!

READING LIST
Books:
- Chen, Mel Y., and Dana Luciano, eds. Queer Inhumanisms. Duke University Press, 2015.
- Roughgarden, Joan. Evolution's rainbow: Diversity, gender, and sexuality in nature and people. Univ of California Press, 2013.
- Mortimer-Sandilands, Catriona, and Bruce Erickson. Queer ecologies: Sex, nature, politics, desire. Indiana University Press, 2010.

10/27/16
- McWhorter, Ladelle. "Enemy of the Species." Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (2010): 73-101.

11/17/16
- Luciano, Dana, and Mel Y. Chen. "Introduction: Has the Queer Ever Been Human?." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 21.2 (2015): iv-207. Dossier, Theorizing Queer Inhumaninms
-Muñoz, José Esteban. "Theorizing Queer Inhumanisms: The Sense of Brownness." GLQ: a journal of lesbian and gay studies 21.2 (2015): 209-210.
- Ahuja, Neel. "Intimate Atmospheres Queer Theory in a Time of Extinctions." GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 21.2-3 (2015): 365-385.

11/29/16
- Wynter, Sylvia, Mercedes Durán-Cogan, and Antonio Gómez-Moriana. "Towards the Sociogenic Principle: Fanon, The Puzzle of Conscious Experience, of 'Identity' and What it's Like to be 'Black'." National Identity and Socio Political Change: Latin America Between Marginalisation and Integration (1999).
- Fanon, Frantz. "1 The Fact of Blackness." Postcolonial Studies: An Anthology (2015): 15.

2/16/17
- Alaimo, Stacy. "Eluding capture: The science, culture, and pleasure of 'queer' animals." Queer ecologies: Sex, nature, politics, desire (2010): 51-72.

To do:
- The Real World of Technology, Dr. Ursula Franklin
- Feminism and the Critique of Scientific Method, Margaret Benston
  • Formulating questions of science within a context of community.


    PRESENTATIONS AND MEDIA
    - Watsonville Youth Group of The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County, "Finding Marla". March 2018. Workshop
    - Santa Cruz Youth Group of The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County, "Finding Marla". February 2018. Workshop.
    - University of Santa Cruz, "Research Justice 101: Tools for Feminist Science". January 2018. Workshop. Read about it!
    - Queer U at the University of British Columbia, "Sex and Gender Diversity in Nature". March 2017. Presentation.
    - Brain, Mind, Consciousness Society Speaker Series, "Sex and Gender Diversity in Nature". April 2017. Presentation.
    - The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County, "Sex and Gender Diversity in Nature". October 2017. Presentation.


    UPCOMING EVENTS
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      Coming Soon.