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Quinta Community Call
19 July @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM WEST
An event every month that begins at 7:30 PM on day Third of the month, repeating until 26 July 2024
the theoretical foundations of queer ecology
At the Quinta Project, we present ourselves as an ecoqueer experimental space. But what does ‘ecoqueer’ actually mean? What are its conceptual roots? And how might it provide a practically useful framework for our lives? It is, perhaps, inevitable that ‘ecoqueer’ remain a complex idea, given how contested, elusive, and slippery the terms ‘eco’ and ‘queer’ are. In this talk, I argue that it is precisely this which makes queer ecology such a productive and exciting space for politics, art, and philosophy; such slipperiness cannot help but become playful, inclusive, capacious, and experimental. Referencing poetry, film, and theory, and drawing on my experiences on the Quinta land project, I will give some idea of how ecoqueer theory has developed over the last decade and offer some tentative suggestions for how these theories might inform how we work, eat, rest, and love. Most importantly, I want to ask whether we can use these ideas to map out ways to work collectively towards an ecoqueer praxis in which theory, practice, and activism articulate new possibilities in the struggle for climate justice.
With Benedict Morrison: Benedict Morrison is a lecturer in film, literature, and queer theory at the University of Exeter. He has written books on inarticulacy in art cinema and queer possibilities in post-war British comedy. He is also a filmmaker, and has most recently made three documentaries on the response of the arts and humanities to the Covid pandemic. His research is increasingly focused on the environmental humanities, combining eco-queer theory with critical animal studies. He is a political vegan, an occasional fiction writer, and an over-enthusiastic actor. He daydreams about the collapse of capitalism and the rewilding of the world.
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