Here is the complete schedule for Beyond Binary: Genders in the Past, Present, and Future. This page will be updated with the latest scheduling information! (Zoom link toward the end of this page.)

Organized by

Mark Canuel (UIC, Dept. of English) - he/him,

JT Turner (UIC, Gender and Sexuality Center) - they/them,

Nic Weststrate (UIC, Education)

DAY 1 / Thursday, October 7

9:00-9:30am Welcome


9:30-11am Intergenerational Dialog: Trans, Nonbinary, and Queer Stories and Perspectives.

Introduced by Nic Weststrate (UIC, Education), moderated by JT Turner (UIC, Gender and Sexuality Center) - they/them


11:15am-12:45pm Trans & Non-Binary Cultures and Histories: How do we situate non-binary identity historically? What is the relationship between non-binary identity and other histories of gender and sexuality?  15-minute presentations

Moderator: Jennifer Brier (UIC, History & Gender and Women’s Studies)

Erica Chu (Harry S. Truman College English) – they/them: “On Harry/Harriet becoming Harriet: Looking for Nonbinary Identity in Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven”

Leah DeVun (Rutgers, History) – she/they: “Nonbinary Sex and Gender before Modernity”

Lucy Nicholas (Western Sydney University, Sociology) – they/them: ‘Not “new” genders: historical critiques of the gender binary’

Gayatri Reddy (UIC, Anthropology) – she/her: “All Thirdness is Not Alike: Hijras and Questions of Sexual and Gendered Difference in India”


2-3:30pm Interdisciplinary Research Dialog: What kind of academic research on non-binary identities and cultures is happening at this moment? How does work on non-binary identity impact academic disciplines? How do different disciplinary perspectives contribute to our conversations within and beyond academia? 15-minute presentations

Moderator: Natalie Bennett (UIC, Women’s Leadership and Resource Center)

Robin Dembroff (Yale, Philosophy) – they/them

Jules Gill-Peterson (University of Pittsburgh, English) - she/her/hers: "Transsexual Theory Talks Nonbinary"

Z Nicolazzo (University of Arizona, Education) – she/her: “Nonbinary as Wedge Trans Politics”

Barbara Risman (UIC, Sociology) – she/her: “Category X: A three city study gender identities among people who reject the binary”


4--5:30pm Reading, Performing, Celebrating

Kay Ulanday Barrett (Artist, Author)

Michael Oliveros (UIC, Gender and Women’s Studies & Global Asian Studies; Artist, Author – they/them)


DAY 2 / Friday, October 8

10:30am 12pm Roundtable Discussion on Research, Activism, and Community: Where is research starting from, and where is it going? How does academic scholarship on non-binary gender engage with our communities? How are communities opening up new directions in research? 5-8-minute presentations and conversation

Moderator: TJ Billard (Northwestern University, School of Communication; Director, Center for Applied Transgender Studies) - they/them

Heath Fogg Davis (Political Science, Temple University) - he/him

Kim L. Hunt (Executive Director, Pride Action Tank) - she/her

Lore/tta LeMaster (Human Communication, Arizona State University) - she/they

Bunny McKensie Mack (Activist, Researcher, CEO, McKensie Mack Group) -  they/them

Em Rabelais (UIC, Human Development Nursing Science) - they/them


12:15-1pm Lunch


DJ Dapper (Cultural Curator, Public Speaker) - they/them

Music and Presentation


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When: Oct 7, 2021 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Every day, 2 occurrence(s)

Oct 7, 2021 09:00 AM

Oct 8, 2021 10:30 AM

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Topic: Beyond Binary


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