Oct 7 2021

Beyond Binary: Genders in the Past, Present, and Future

Institute for the Humanities, UIC

October 7 - 8, 2021


Cardinal Room SCE


750 South Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

Co-Sponsors: UIC Departments of Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology; Gender and Sexuality Center, Honors College, College of Education

Organizers: Mark Canuel, JT Turner, Nic Weststrate

This conference explores nonbinary gender within an interdisciplinary context.  While journalists note that nonbinary identity is seeping into national consciousness, this series of panels, performances, and conversations will bring more focused attention to the nonbinary with discussions of gender relations from the multiple points of view afforded by humanistic inquiry.  Drawing together researchers, writers, artists, and activists, our discussions will explore patterns of thought and practice in history, philosophy, culture, and the arts that will contribute to new understanding and inspire further conversation. What is the history of nonbinary gender identity?  How does it connect to other ways of thinking of gender?  How does nonbinary identity relate to histories and theories of sexuality?  How are new ways of thinking about gender contributing to changes in law, politics, and culture?

Speakers include:

Kay Ulanday Barrett (Artist, Author)
TJ Billard (Northwestern University; Center for Applied Transgender Studies)

Erica Chu (Truman College)
DJ Dapper (Cultural Curator, Public Speaker)
Robin Dembroff (Yale University, Philosophy)
Leah DeVun (Rutgers University, History)
Heath Fogg Davis (Temple University, Political Science)

Jules Gill-Peterson (University of Pittsburgh, English)
Kim L. Hunt (Executive Director, Pride Action Tank)
Benny LeMaster (Arizona State University, Human Communication,)
Bunny McKensie Mack (Activist, Consultant, McKensie Mack Group)
Lucy Nicholas (Western Sydney University, Sociology)
Z Nicolazzo (University of Arizona, Education)
Michael Oliveros (UIC, Gender and Women’s Studies and Global Asian Studies; Artist, Author) 
Gayatri Reddy (UIC, Anthropology)
Barbara J. Risman (UIC, Sociology)



Institute for the Humanities

Date posted

Jun 14, 2021

Date updated

Jun 14, 2021