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 for both days, here.
Mark Canuel (UIC, Dept. of English) - he/him
JT Turner (UIC, Gender and Sexuality Center) - they/them
Nic Weststrate (UIC, Education) - he/him
DAY 1 / Thursday, October 7
9:30-11am Community First: A Dialog
We begin this conference with a dialog centering the diverse voices and stories of trans non-binary community members. Join us in a grounding conversation with college students and recent graduates as we collectively reflect upon and imagine gender in the past, present, and future.
Introduced by Nic Weststrate (UIC, Education) - he/him, 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”
12:45-2pm Lunch Break
2-3:30pm Interdisciplinary Research Conversation
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) - She/they
Robin Dembroff (Yale, Philosophy) – they/them: "The Non-Binary Path to Anti-Essentialism"
Jules Gill-Peterson (University of Pittsburgh, English) - she/her: "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 of gender identities among people who reject the binary”
4--5:30pm Reading, Performing, Celebrating
Michael Oliveros (UIC, Gender and Women’s Studies & Global Asian Studies; Artist, Author) – they/them
Kay Ulanday Barrett (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, MMG) - they/them
Em Rabelais (UIC, Human Development Nursing Science) - fae/femme, they/themme
1pm-2pm "House Music: An Exploration of Queer Black Joy in Chicago"
Jae Rice, a.k.a. DJ Dapper (practitioner of freedom) - he/him
2-2:15pm Closing Remarks
2:15-3pm Virtual Coffee Time (link available at conference).
Join us for informal post-conference conversation!