Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium Is Coming
What happens when we posit the Earth as our lover? Where do our “bodies” end, and begin? What is the potential of “ecosex”? UCSC’s E.A.R.T.H. LAB’s Environmentalism Outside the Box: An Ecosex Symposium, is coming, May 18 & 19, 2017.
This multidisciplinary gathering creates a space where artists, philosophers, critics, sexologists, scientists, activists, permaculturists, theorists, students, sex workers, local community members and others can meet, share their work and ideas, and cross pollinate. Panels, performances, music, film and discussion will explore our relationships with the environment and social justice, foster human/non-human collaboration, and promote critique and debate of new ideologies and a new sexual identity concept. Presenters are coming for the conference from France, England, Australia, Belgium and Canada, which will add to the fun and diversity and make it a dynamic international happening.
The Symposium begins with introduction to “Ecosex Art, Theory, Practices and Activism” by artists and the symposium hosts, Annie Sprinkle and Professor Beth Stephens. Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival, a new film, will have its first U.S. sneak preview showing with discussion between UCSC Professor Emerita Donna Haraway and filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova. Decolonizing Settler Sexuality will be the first keynote with Professor Kim TallBear from University of Alberta. The second day’s keynote is Love and Struggle: Grounding Against Environmental Fatalism with eco-feminist Professor from University of Georgia, Chris Cuomo with respondent, T.J. Demos. Community members are invited to participate in a two-hour open mic session.
Additionally, there will be two off-campus events, Slow Dancing with Horses on May 17 at a beautiful horse farm in Soquel, CA. May 20th at noon, Pure Pleasure will host a book launch, and a collaborative reading of Sprinkle & Stephens’ Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm. The authors will sign books afterwards.
Campus programs are May 18 & 19 — from 10 am – 10 pm Thursday, and 10 am – 11 pm Friday. Events will be held at the Digital Arts Research Center 108, UCSC campus. The symposium is free.
Go to http://www.earthlab.ucsc.edu and click the “ecosex symposium” button for event schedule, maps, and other information.