As part of my incredible Queer of Color Critiques course at Oregon State University we created a collective zine that has been made available as a pdf. The description of the zine and the link to view/download it is below.
Genealogies of Resistance by the Kinship Collective
“This collective project emerged out of the themes and theories we engaged with in our Queer of Color Critiques (QS/WGSS 431/531) course during Winter Quarter 2015 at Oregon State University. We are grateful to the Kalapuya people, elders, and ancestors–past, present, and future–for allowing us to be on their land. This is the first time the course has been offered at OSU and, we hope, contributes to larger movements of resistance and transformation both on and off campus.
“Queer of Color Critiques” are theorizations that challenge normative ideals of what it means to be queer within a capitalist imperialist society. In other words, a queer of color critique is one in which the goal is not to be accepted into larger society but rather to disrupt the dominant ideologies society has about race, class, gender, sexualities, (dis)ability, and the intersections therein. Throughout the quarter we immersed ourselves with themes of kinship and genealogies to recover and retell the histories/stories that have been forcibly taken from queer and trans people of color. We also looked to critical and creative work by queer and trans people of color to understand QTPOC resistance to entwined systems of power. Together–as a community that included QTPOC people, white Queer people, and straight-identified folks–we analyzed and deconstructed ideologies embedded in queer liberalism, and critically engaged the works of queer people of color who in their theorizing created the possibility for imagining different types of quare futures. Quare as defined by E. Patrick Johnson is a “strategy for theorizing racialized sexualit[ies],” and as such with our collective work we hope a new envisioning of queer as always already racialized can be sought.
This zine is a collective project and creative praxis that uses art to disrupt dominant, often white, understandings of gender and sexuality. It is an act of theorizing that takes seriously arguments by queer women of color, such as Barbara Christian, Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, and Alice Walker, that distinctions between “theory,” “art,” and “activism” are imposed by systems of oppression. These pages address settler-colonialism, white supremacy, imperialism, knowledge making, capitalism, and the blatant erasure of the contributions and lives of queer folks of color. We hope that serves to help counter these erasures by creating a record of our collective and creative resistance. Genealogies of Resistance connects us to those who have resisted and those who have always been resisting, tying ourselves to a much larger on-going struggle. We refuse to accept the idea that the ‘past is in the past’. As the Kinship Collective we draw energy and support from each other in the present, and also those elders who came before us. The community we created as a result of our work engaging QTPOC writers allows us to situate ourselves within a much larger family of resistance to systems of power.
We hope this collection will spark critical conversations and provide possible solutions of both imagining and creating what José Esteban Muñoz calls “queer utopia.” These pages are a tribute to those that have come before us, and our chapter in the genealogies of resistance.”
The Kinship Collective is:
Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill
Kalapuya Territory (Corvallis, OR)”
Photos by : Amber Coyne
As part of a Theater of the Oppressed Exercise
Sculpter: Amber Coyne
Leader: Qwo-Li Driskill
Performers: Jacq Allen, Marshall Bean, Luke Kawasaki, Emma Larkins, Andrés López, Julia McKenna, Sophia Mantheakis, Megan Spencer, Ching-Chih Tseng