A flier for the UCSB's Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity event Let's Talk About Kink event; pink and blue divide a tennis ball and net on the lead image for my article "Gender Equality in Sports Shouldn't Hinge on a Binary;" Northwestern University's Queertopia 2021 conference logo.
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 an article, "Gender Equality in Sports Shouldn't Hinge on a Binary," on the Fellows Blog.
In mid-April I will co-host a panel discussion entitled "Let's Talk About Kink," through UCSB's Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. The end of the month will see me co-present on "Quotidian Queer Activism in the Academy" at Northwestern University's Queertopia 2021 conference. Presenting again at the beginning of May, I will deliver a paper called "Queer BDSM Intimacies in the time of Covid" at UCLA's QGrad conference. This paper draws on the research I completed with minigrant funding from the Multidisciplinary Research on COVID-19 and its Impacts (MRCI) program last summer.
In June I begin teaching Introduction to Acting as Instructor of Record for UCSB's Summer Session. In addition to teaching, I will spend the summer reading wonderful texts on kink, performance, affect, gender, and critical race theory in preparation for sitting my Qualifying Exams in fall 2021. Wish me luck and brainwaves.
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