FGS Research Workshop Meet and Greet @ Wells Hall C607
Sep 11 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
FGS Research Workshop Meet and Greet @ Wells Hall C607 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities (FGS) research workshop is holding its first informal meet and greet this Wednesday, September 11 from 4-4:45pm in the 6th floor conference room, Wells Hall C607. We’ll introduce ourselves and the workshop, discuss upcoming events over the 2019/2020 academic year, and have some snacks and coffee. If you’re interested in intersectional feminism and LGBT+ studies (or are just curious!), we’d love to have you.   We’re looking forward to two semesters of productive discussions, fun activities, engaging lectures, and collaborations with other fantastic workshops here at MSU. If you have any questions, please email me ( or Bruno Ford (


HIVES Research Workshop @ Wells Hall C607
Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm
HIVES Research Workshop @ Wells Hall C607 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

HIVES will be meeting for the first official time on September 12, 2019 in room C607 of Wells Hall (619 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI 48824). This meeting will be primarily to introduce HIVES guiding questions, discuss the trajectory of the workshop for the year, and nourish our bodyminds with pizza and discussion. We would like to begin the buzz of conversation with a discussion of texts and videos, available here, that present some nodes for future engagement. Finally, we will be revealing our fall keynote speaker at the meeting!

This and all future HIVES meetings are open to the public, including but certainly not limited to: students, non-students, artists, curious parties, larvae, comic-lovers, poets, and all others. Please feel welcome to circulate the poster above which has been formatted to be accessible to screen readers. Please fill out this google form if you plan to attend in order to share your preferences and needs for refreshments and access.

HIVES is an ongoing scholarly, artistic, and communal organization dedicated to developing an understanding of the ways in which matter and beings function in interdependent networks. This research workshop seeks to create a generative space for conversations at the intersections of disability studies and animal studies in popular culture. In his book Brilliant Imperfection, Eli Clare emphasizes how “White Western culture goes to extraordinary lengths to deny the vital relationships between water and stone, plant and animal, human and nonhuman, as well as the utter reliance of human upon human” (Clare 136). Clare offers the disability studies notion of interdependence as a way to undo fantastical narratives of independence and the individual. HIVES is an engagement with hiveminds, relationality, and interdependence across and within animal/human divides. This research workshop draws on popular culture in the form of novels, films, and video games and theory from disability studies to critical race theory to queer studies to animal studies in order to think through disrupting white western denials of interdependence. We are guided by the questions: what are the potentials and pitfalls of the overlap between disability and animal studies? what forms of inter-reliance arise from lived disabled existence and/or representations of disabled characters in popular culture? what does (and does not) separate animals and humans? what frictions exist in turning to animal studies to find alternate conceptions of relational being?

MUSE Lecture: Omaris Z. Zamora @ Wells Hall B243
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
MUSE Lecture: Omaris Z. Zamora @ Wells Hall B243 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Department of English MUSE Scholars Program presents a lecture by Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora, “Delectable Complicities From El Ni’ E: AfroLatinx Feminisms of Cardi B & La Bella Chanel.” Dr. Zamora is assistant professor of Afro-Latinx Studies at Rutgers University. Her book project, AfroLatina (Trance)formations: Poetics of Black Embodied Archives and Feminist Epistemologies, engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature and performance. As a spoken-word poet she fuses her poetry with her scholarly work as a way of contributing to a black poetic approach to literature and cultural studies.

Please join us Thursday, October 17th at 4:30pm in Wells Hall room B243.

Guest Speaker Amalia Ortiz @ Wells Hall C640
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am
Guest Speaker Amalia Ortiz @ Wells Hall C640 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Creative Writing Program, the Womxn of Color Initiatives, and the College of Arts and Letters are pleased to welcome Amalia Ortiz, who will visit MSU campus from November 10th through November 12th. Amalia Ortiz’s second book, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret and Other Songs, is now available from Aztlan Libre Press. Ortiz has been featured on three seasons of Def Poetry on HBO, and on the NAACP Image Awards. Her debut collection Rant. Chant. Chisme. was selected by NBC News as one of the “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” On November 11th, Ortiz will hold a conversation at 10:30am in Wells Hall, room C640, and will present a public reading geared toward the CAL community at 7:oopm in the Art Lab.

Unpacking Your Research Experience @ Student Services Building, Room 113
Nov 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Unpacking Your Research Experience @ Student Services Building, Room 113

Have you thought about how the skills you are gaining through your undergraduate research experience will assist you in the future? Come learn about strategies for communicating your abilities to others, such as graduate schools and future employers. This workshop will include information about creating an elevator pitch related to your research and an opportunity for you to critically reflect on the skills you have built by being involved in undergraduate research. Come prepared to interact and engage with your peers about your research!

Electric Marronage @ MSU Library
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Electric Marronage @ MSU Library | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please join us for the first event of the Spring 2020 Taller: ELECTRIC.MARRONAGE featuring Dr. Savannah Shange author of Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Anti-Blackness, + Schooling in San Francisco. Dr. Shange will be hosting a graduate student workshop on Wednesday January 29th from 6:30-8pm at the MSU library. Please email to RSVP and receive the reading for this workshop.

Dr. Shange’s public talk: ABOLITION AS BLACK FEMINIST METHOD, will take place Thursday January 30th from 12-2pm in Wells Hall B342.  Refreshments will be provided.


Electric.Marronage is a digital site/workshop/series that showcases scholarly, political, creative + personal work that engages with themes of fugitivity, escape, survival (inside and outside the academy), “worlds/otherwise,” “Black femme freedom,” + decolonizing diaspora studies. Created + Curated by Yomaira C. Figueroa (MSU) + Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins), Electric.Marronage will alternate institutional spaces (Spring at MSU/Fall at JHU) as our site runs concurrently + collaboratively. For more information contact: