Invited Talks

 Kent Monkman,  The Rise and Fall of Civilization  (2015)  mixed media installation  Gardiner Museum, Toronto CA  Photo by Jimmy Limit

Kent Monkman, The Rise and Fall of Civilization (2015)

mixed media installation

Gardiner Museum, Toronto CA

Photo by Jimmy Limit

University of California, Davis

"Of Bison and Stone: Wild Contingencies, Queer Reparations"

Queer, Feminist, Trans Research Cluster (Spring 2018)

What would it mean to queer settlement, since settlement is the archetype of heteronormative love: the American romance narrative that prescribes cultivation, reproduction, privacy? A settler’s love of place, of property, is the outcome of a phantasmatic constellation of labor, environment, family, futurity—a royal succession of capital and heteronormativity.

My talk, “Of Bison and Stone,” will examine settler structures of feeling, such as entitlement and desire, alongside recent incarnations of the wild and wilding in queer theory. Key questions and provocations include: Does wildness condition dispossession? What would a queer theory of settlement and property entail? Have bison and stone always been a little bit queer? 

 
  Luke Jerram's  microbiology sculptures: HIV

Luke Jerram's microbiology sculptures: HIV

Virginia Commonwealth University

"Virality"

"Shaping Bodies" Symposium (February 2017)

 
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Loyola University New Orleans

"Fracking and the Art of Subtext"

 May 2016

 

SELECT PRESENTATIONS

"How to Strike Gold in the Desert"

Ecologies of Racial Justice panel at C19 (Albuquerque, NM 2018)

"Stock Histories"

Selected participant for the In/Civility seminar (led by Tavia Nyong'o and Kyla Wazana Tompkins) at C19 (Albuquerque, NM 2018)

"On Camp: An Exceptional State"

Dissenting from Liberal Orthodoxies roundtable at the American Studies Association (Chicago, IL 2017)

"For Love"

Selected participant for the "Radical Hope" workshop at the Rachel Carson Center (Munich, 2017)

"Crow Dog's Visual Culture"

Indigenous Histories of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era panel at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) (Honolulu, 2016)

"Back to the Blanket"

Reading Beyond the Human panel for the Division on Nineteenth-Century American Literature at the Modern Language Association (Vancouver, BC 2015)

"Indigenous LA: Queer Intimacy and Disappearance"

American Studies Association (Los Angeles, 2014)