Queering Political Ecology – An Opening Dialogue

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Sexuality and Space Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Studio 8, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: William McKeithen
Chairs: William McKeithen


Queering Political Ecology – An Opening Dialogue

Queerness it not yet here. Queerness is an ideality… We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality (Muñoz, Cruising Utopia, 2009: 1).

If queerness is a horizon, as the late Jose Munoz suggested, then what is the next step for political ecology? We are seeking co-travelers for our open discussion to explore this question – what are queer political ecologies?

In an era of climate catastrophe and confusion, and in a time and place where being ‘other’ is simultaneously – and increasingly – necessary and precarious, what does queer theory/studies or the voices of queer folks offer in the way of alternative thought, theory, strategy and space? This open discussion is meant to encourage dialogue around these issues, to extend recent conversations around the sub-field (Heynen, N. 2017. Urban Political Ecology III: The feminist and queer century. Progress in Human Geography), and to build a community of engaged folks through which to share our ideas, and discuss how a queer political ecology might inform and be informed by our work.

As we think through queer political ecologies, we are hoping to use this session as an opportunity to share and think together. The session will open with a brief panel discussion on the foundations and informative epistemologies shaping what me might call queer political ecology today. However, our goal is to foster an open format in which scholars of all experiences can discuss their own insights and ideas. In this spirit, we will move quickly from our introductory panel to an open discussion. We are excited to use this space as a conceptual springboard to begin collectively building our understanding of queer political ecologies.

We are interested in any and all thought at the intersections of queer-ness and political ecology. We are seeking a diverse cast of folks and ideas to join us. Below you will find some keywords we might engage in our discussion, but these are only meant to spark (not limit) our possibilities:

- The Queer Commons
- Hope and Queer Horizons
- Was the Queer Ever Human? (Luciano and Chen, 2015)
- Queer Time & Space
- No Future / Queer Future
- Speculative Ecologies
- Queering Climate Change
- TRANS-cendentalism
- Queer Cartographies
- What if Malthus was queer?
- Queer Spirituality
- QTPOC Ecologies
- Queer Epistemologies and Ontologies
- Queer Activism
- Quantifying/Qualifying the Queer
- The Queero-cene
- Queering Marx/Political Economy
- Critical Theory and Queer Discourse
- Gentrification and Queer Urban Frontiers
- Space of Queer In/visibility

We look forward to sharing space and conversation with you in New Orleans!


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Rachael Baker York University 20
Panelist Spencer Nelson McGill University 20
Panelist William McKeithen University of Washington 20
Panelist Grant Gutierrez Dartmouth College 20

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