Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Open to the Public

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Virginia Thomas’s talk, “Envisioning Reproductive Justice: The World-Building Power of Queer Feminist Aesthetics”
1:30-2:45 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 27, Axinn Center, Room 229

This talk will challenge the enlightenment-based concept of aesthetics as separate from the material world in order to more fully consider the role of aesthetics in bringing about reproductively just material and relational practices. Drawing upon Sylvia Wynter’s work on the world-making power of aesthetics and Alexis Pauline Gumb’s conceptualization of mothering as a queer feminist act of creation that is not inherently tied to biological reproduction, this talk invites us to envision reproductive justice with and through aesthetics as a material act. Reflecting on themes in the Middlebury student-created art exhibit about crisis pregnancy centers and the experimental installation artwork of Geo Wyeth, this talk will introduce the material consequences and implications of queer, feminist aesthetic action.

Sponsored by Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and The Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House with support from Black Studies, History of Art and Architecture, American Studies, Film and Media Studies, and Sociology.

Sponsored by:
Film & Media Culture; History of Arts and Architecture; Gender, Sexuality, & Fem Studies; Sociology; Black Studies

Contact Organizer

Thomsen, Carly