Presentation Title

Queer Ecology: Investigating the Intersection of Queer Theory and Environmentalism

Presenter Information

Andy Marion

Mentor

Sara Hottinger

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 127

Abstract

This interdisciplinary paper focuses on how our heteronormative society has shaped our ideas of, and relationships with, nature. Queer people are often driven to nature as a way to escape homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in modern culture. Their relationship with nature is complicated, however, because traditional gender roles in our society enforce a rigid gendered lens through which we are expected to view and interact with the natural world, and ideas about the supposed “naturalness” of heterosexuality inform how we understand the environment. Despite this complication, queer communities often find links between their own political struggles and the environmental movement. Drawing from ecology and queer studies, I will address how and why these two seemingly disparate fields of study have come together, and what lessons can be learned to further both the queer and environmental movements.

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Queer Ecology: Investigating the Intersection of Queer Theory and Environmentalism

David F. Putnam Science Center - 127

This interdisciplinary paper focuses on how our heteronormative society has shaped our ideas of, and relationships with, nature. Queer people are often driven to nature as a way to escape homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in modern culture. Their relationship with nature is complicated, however, because traditional gender roles in our society enforce a rigid gendered lens through which we are expected to view and interact with the natural world, and ideas about the supposed “naturalness” of heterosexuality inform how we understand the environment. Despite this complication, queer communities often find links between their own political struggles and the environmental movement. Drawing from ecology and queer studies, I will address how and why these two seemingly disparate fields of study have come together, and what lessons can be learned to further both the queer and environmental movements.