Members of the ATEC Faculty share their recommendations and samples of queer work that informs, inspires, and guides their practices. Pride extends beyond Pride month, and the following list features additional readings both about LGBTQ++ issues and readings by LGBTQ++ authors.
Below are links to recommended reading with a brief description.
Quickdraw Animation Society
“… On LGBTQ2S++ Animation… is a conversation starter… a place where artists, animators and critical writers can explore topics of queerness, identity and representation in animation from a variety of angles.”
Comments: This resource is an incredible collection of animations and writings for the LGBTQ++ community. There is also a playlist to accompany the readings from the book above: https://quickdrawanimation.ca/programming/on-lgbtq2s-animation-playlist/
“An anti-racist classroom is impossible without a conscious effort to design animation syllabi which amplify non-White voices and celebrate the creative and scholarly achievements of people of colour as an integral, rather than a nominal, aspect of the course.”
Comments: This collection of resources offers good resources focusing on race, but also including LGBTQ++ and other sources.
adrienne maree brown
“Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen.”
Comments: brown’s writings may resonate with students who have taken Assoc. Professor Dr. Starnaman’s “The Literature of Science Fiction” class.
adrienne maree brown
“How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work.”
“Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa’s experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenged, and continue to challenge, how we think about identity.”
Comments: “Gloria Anzaldúa, is a Chicana queer feminist author, poet, and activist. Her landmark work Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, about her life growing up on the Mexico–Texas border, represents a key text on the topics of language, borders, and hybrid identities.”
“Known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history, Kent Monkman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences—across painting, film/video, performance, and installation.”
José Esteban Muñoz
“There is more to identity than identifying with one’s culture or standing solidly against it. Jos Esteban Muñoz looks at how those outside the racial and sexual mainstream negotiate majority culture–not by aligning themselves with or against exclusionary works but rather by transforming these works for their own cultural purposes. Muñoz calls this process “disidentification,” and through a study of its workings, he develops a new perspective on minority performance, survival, and activism.”
“There is no reason to assume that gender also ought to remain as two. The presumption of a binary gender system implicitly retains the belief in a mimetic relation of gender to sex whereby gender mirrors sex or is otherwise restricted by it.”
Public Affairs at UC Berkley
“Critical” does not mean destructive, but only willing to examine what we sometimes presuppose in our way of thinking, and that gets in the way of making a more livable world.” -Butler
Melissa Rogers from Making Things and Drawing Boundaries
Comments: I was so excited to read Rogers’ call for spaces that “make room for trans-disicplinary praxis and reimagine the digital technologies we value. They also reorient digital humanities to different subjects and subjectivities, different bodies, different tools and media, and different practices of knowledge production” (243). Although Fashioning Circuits predates this essay by quite a bit, it is a beautiful distillation of what I hope we achieve by our mission statement: “But our scope has expanded as we have done the work of exploring these questions and tracing these entanglements over the years. Fashioning Circuits is now a place where we also engage with the rich histories and practices of computational craft, domestic technologies, soft activism, and so forth. These practices, often hyper-feminized and located within homes or community collectives, are an important and often unacknowledged pre-history of what is today referred to as “maker culture.”
Allison Kafer from Feminist, Queer, Crip
“the cyborg is not innocent. Our metaphors, our tropes, our analogies: all have histories, all have consequences.”
Comments: I connect this to the Fashioning circuits #wordsmatter project