Contemporary Conversation: Making Queer Kin

How do the logics of care repeat and renew racist, anti-migrant, nationalist, and capitalist assumptions?

This Contemporary Conversation explores accountability in our relationships to colonial pasts, our implication in petrochemical presents and our desire for different futures. Taking as a starting point the new bacteria being birthed by the rise of plastic, this event asks how we might take responsibility for reconfiguring categories of kin making beyond lineal ancestry and normative family units against the backdrop of environmental devastation. By exploring our different inheritances and differential responsibilities towards climate injustice, this dialogue explores the duality of care in relation to life-promoting projects that do not reproduce the social orders of capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy. While gesturing towards a world in which many worlds can flourish, this conversation is an opportunity to explore kin making at the intersection of reproductive and environmental justice struggles.