Your Summer Reading List

Selections from the Queer Ecology Reading Group to add to your bookshelf.

In the fall semester, two distinct Nelson Institute’s research centers came together over books. The scientists in the Center for Ecology and the Environment (CEE) joined with the humanists in the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) to discuss how their respective fields interact, particularly around the ideas of queerness in ecological and evolutionary science. “I’ve never liked how non-reproductive individuals often get totally ignored in evolutionary and ecological narratives, and I wanted to learn more about queer perspectives on nature and kinship,” said Kyle Webert, a CEE administrator. He, alongside English professor and CHE faculty associate Sarah Ensor and botany graduate student Tabitha Faber, started the group, which has since met 10-plus times and discussed nearly 20 works. Here is a sampling of the reading group’s list to add to your bookshelf. 

The Cambridge Companion to Queer Studies, Chapter 7: Queer Ecologies and Queer Environmentalisms
Book edited by Siobhan B. Somerville, chapter by Nicole Seymour

Queer for Fear, Episode 3Queer for Fear
Written and directed by Tom Maroney

“Re-imagining Reproduction: The Queer Possibilities of Plants” from Integrative and Comparative Biology, Vol. 63, Issue 4, October 2023
By Banu Subramaniam and Madelaine Bartlett

“Land as pedagogy: Nishnaabeg intelligence and rebellious transformation” from Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2014
By Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Dry LandDry Land
By B. Pladek

“Men, Masculinities and Climate Change: A Discussion Paper”

Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People, Tenth Anniversary Edition
By Joan Roughgarden

“The Science Underground: Mycology as a Queer Discipline” from Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience Vol. 6 No. 2, 2020
By Patricia Kaishian and Hasmik Djoulakian

Exile and PrideExile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, “Freaks and Queers” chapter
By Eli Claire