The University of California, Berkeley will be hosting a lecture next week dedicated to the peculiar matter of “Queering Agriculture.”
“So why queer agriculture?” the event description opens. “This seems like an odd question but becomes more obvious with research and analysis.”
The lecture will be given on Feb. 10 by Bailey Kier, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Maryland. Kier is no rookie when it comes to queer studies, having already written a dissertation on the “queer geography of the Potomac River Basin.”
It is difficult to explain just what it means to “queer” something. But in essence, it amounts to re-evaluating the basic nature of a topic from the perspective of sexuality and reproduction. Helpfully, the event description includes a drawing of a person of uncertain gender passionately kissing an enormous strawberry.
Confusing? Sure, but according to Kier it is also and extremely important matter.
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