I am excited to be part of the Friday afternoon panel where I'll be joined by UC Berkeley postdoctoral scholar Benedikte Zitouni who is also on faculty at St-Louis University of Brussels and by Mel Chen, assistant professor of women & gender studies here at Berkeley. Benedikte, Mel, and I respectively will bring into conversation continental theories of new materialisms with Mel's notion of queer animacies featured in Mel's forthcoming monograph with Duke University Press, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering and Queer Affect, and indigenous thought on social relations between humans and nonhumans. In particular, nonhumans with which many indigenous peoples' see themselves as having relations with include entities defined within the secular West as nonliving, e.g. stones and spirits. Our panel will keep our formal comments brief in order to have a conversation between us and with the audience about why we bring together such diverse intellectual and cultural threads.
Other symposium speakers include Jenna Burrell, Donna Jones, Ruth Tringham, Peter Eckman, Lindsey Dillon, Ashwin Mathew, Mather George, Eliz. Goodman, Mara Green, and Liz Kelley (all of UC Berkeley), Jenny Reardon (UC Santa Cruz), Tim Choy and Nicholas D'Avella (UC Davis), Jean-Francois Blanchette (UCLA), Cynthia Schairer and Maria Cristina Visperas (UC San Diego), Jordan Kraemer (UC Irvine), and Shannon Meyer (UC Santa Barbara).