Upcoming events

Queer and Trans* Ecologies Symposium

The Queer and Trans* Ecologies Interdisciplinary Initiative spans the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to explore questions in the fields of queer and trans* ecologies about new embodiments and social relations in the Anthropocene. The project was initiated with an Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop Grant at the University of Minnesota, lead by Professor Erin L. Durban.

We are planning a dynamic, multi-day symposium on the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities campus on March 23 to 25, 2023. 

The symposium is cosponsored by the UMN Institute for Advanced Study, Critical Disability Studies Collective, Imagine Fund, Department of Anthropology, RIDGS (Center for Race, Indigeneity, Disability, Gender & Sexuality Studies), Department of Geography, Environmental Humanities Initiative, and Department of English.

Dates: March 23 to 25, 2023
Website: https://queerandtransecologies.com/
Where: Twin Cities Campus
Contact: [email protected]

Stay tuned for the full schedule and accessibility information!

Image description: Queer & Trans* Ecologies Symposium. MARCH 23 to 25, 2023. Eli Clare, Sandor Katz, Abraham Weil, Carly Thomsen, Heather Davis, Queer Ecologies Hanky Project, Mel Y. Chen, Eva Hayward, Lorena Munoz, Erin L. Durban, Corinne Teed, Jennifer Row, Michelle Murphy, Patricia Kaishian, Martin Manalansan, Kale Bantigue Fajardo, Cleo Wolfle Hazard, Juno Salazar Parrenas, Anahi Russo-Garrido, Macarena Gomez-Barris, Dylan McCarthy Blackston. Panels, Art Exhibit, Workshops, Fermentation, Dance Party. University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop. www.queerandtransecologies.com. email: [email protected] A green circle floats in front of a darkish-green to blueish background. [End ID]

Queer & Trans* Ecologies Symposium

Slow Read of Susan Burch's Committed 

Gathering 1

For Gathering 1, we are reading the first half of Susan Burch's Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and Beyond Institutions. 

Date: March 27, 2023
Time: 4:00 to 6:30 pm CST
Where: Online
Contact: c[email protected]

From the University of North Carolina Press, here is the book description: 
Between 1902 and 1934, the United States confined hundreds of adults and children from dozens of Native nations at the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, a federal psychiatric hospital in South Dakota. But detention at the Indian Asylum, as families experienced it, was not the beginning or end of the story. For them, Canton Asylum was one of many places of imposed removal and confinement, including reservations, boarding schools, orphanages, and prison-hospitals. Despite the long reach of institutionalization for those forcibly held at the Asylum, the tenacity of relationships extended within and beyond institutional walls.

In this accessible and innovative work, Susan Burch tells the story of the Indigenous people—families, communities, and nations, across generations to the present day—who have experienced the impact of this history. Drawing on oral history interviews, correspondence, material objects, and archival sources, Burch reframes the histories of institutionalized people and the places that held them. Committed expands the boundaries of Native American history, disability studies, and U.S. social and cultural history generally.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023: Amplifying Accessibility

The University of Minnesota is hosting an accessibility event to engage in conversation, thinking, and learning about access and inclusion. The event is put together by a volunteer group of dedicated University employees. Save the date! Full details and registration in April!

Date: May 18, 2023