A flier for the UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity event Let's Talk About Kink; Northwestern University's Queertopia 2021 conference logo; the lead image for my article "Gender Equality in Sports Shouldn't Hinge on a Binary."
2021: Zooming along!
January through March saw me sheltering in place, working through a winter quarter full of seminars and teaching. I completed coursework for the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center's Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program, and published my article "Gender Equality in Sports Shouldn't Hinge on a Binary," on the Fellows Blog.
In mid-April I co-hosted a panel discussion entitled "Let's Talk About Kink" through UCSB's Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. At the end of the month, I co-presented on "Quotidian Queer Activism in the Academy" at Northwestern University's Queertopia 2021 conference. Presenting again at the beginning of May, I delivered a paper entitled "Queer BDSM Intimacies in the time of Covid" at UCLA's QGrad conference. This paper drew on the research I completed with funding from the Multidisciplinary Research on COVID-19 and its Impacts (MRCI) grant program last summer.
In June I taught Introduction to Acting as Instructor of Record for UCSB's Summer Session. In addition to teaching, I spent July and August reading wonderful texts on kink, performance, affect, gender, and critical race theory in preparation for my Qualifying Exams, which I will sit in winter 2022. Wish me luck and brainwaves.
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