"Of Bison and Stone: Wild Contingencies, Queer Reparations" - Kara Thompson

Event Date

SCC Multipurpose Room

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Please join the Queer, Feminist, and Trans Studies Research Cluster for a talk by Professor Kara Thompson, Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary.

Kara Thompson holds a Ph.D. in English from UC Davis. Kara’s book Blanket is forthcoming (September 2018) from Bloomsbury Press and monograph, Settler Contingencies, Indigenous Futures, is under contract with Duke University Press. Essays have appeared in Tin House, Avidly, The Philosophical Salon, and The Atlantic.

Talk Description:

What would it mean to queer settlement, since settlement is the archetype of heteronormative love: the American romance narrative that prescribes cultivation, reproduction, privacy? A settler’s love of place, of property, is the outcome of a phantasmatic constellation of labor, environment, family, futurity – a royal succession of capital and heteronormativity.

Thompson’s talk, “Of Bison and Stone,” will examine settler structures of feeling, such as entitlement and desire, alongside recent incarnations of the wild and wilding in queer theory. Key questions and provocations include: Does wildness condition dispossession? What would a queer theory of settlement and property entail? Have bison and stone always been a little bit queer?

This event is sponsored by The Queer, Feminist, and Trans Studies (QFT) Research Cluster. Funding support provided by several departments and groups, including: Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, English, the Feminist Research Institute, French and Italian, the Performance Studies Graduate Group, and Spanish and Portuguese.

For more information please contact: Alexandra Fine, akfine@ucdavis.edu, Graduate Coordinator of the Queer, Feminist, and Trans Studies Research Cluster