"The Queer Futures Collective" constitutes an act of resistance against the erasure of non-normative bodymindspirits within conceptual and material spaces of artistic, scientific, academic, and technological future making. It is a portal to alternative multiverses–to spacetimes yet to be created and named. It is an invitation to play, to be vulnerable, to share.-
"The Queer Futures Collective" experiments with new modes of teachinglearning and scientific/humanistic knowledge production. It is a gesture of queer mischievousness that questions the relevance of current institutionalized modes of knowledge production, validation, and distribution of conocimientos–while becoming a concrete and symbolic site of creative disruption, academic fulfillment, and community building for/by disabled queer/trans folks.
We are constantly searching for collaboratively vulnerable research/artivist practices able to foster the integration of our thoughts, feelings, and body-spiritual (un)certainties as sources of knowledge in the conceptualization and materialization of radically accessible future(s).
Krizia Puig, M.A (THEY/THEM)
Krizia is a trans disabled queer migrant theorist/artivist born in Venezuela, who is a current Phd. student in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. They graduated with an M.A. in Women's Studies and a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Studies from San Diego State University–where they worked as a Lecturer until Spring 2018. In addition, Krizia graduated with an M.A. in Performing Arts (URJC-Spain), a B.A. in Media Studies (UCAB-Venezuela)–and has worked as a writer, editor, dramaturgist, curator, actor/performer, and director in more than 30 cultural projects in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.
Their work exists at the intersections of future/technology studies, affect theory, performance studies, disability studies, trans studies, new materialism(s), philosophy of space and time, spiritual activisms, and transformative pedagogies. Krizia has centered on studying the challenges and potentialities that high-end sexual technologies hold for queer liberation. In their M.A. thesis “The Synthetic Hyper-Femme: On Sex Dolls, Fembots, and the Futures of Sex”, Krizia focused on studying the current production of high-end sex dolls and sex robot prototypes; some of the dynamics of genderization and racialization that permeate the affects these devices provoke/evoke–and they started to explore sex dolls/robots' disruptive power by complicating their typical reading as simple commodification of women. Krizia's current research aims to bridge high-end sex tech, performance art, trauma studies, animal biology, posthumanities, magic realism(s), and Latin American espiritismo to theorize/experiment with future notions of love, healing, freedom, and revolution.
As a teacher, Krizia integrates feminist pedagogies, with plastic/performative arts, and new media to create empowering, engaging, and transformative learning experiences that involve the mind, the body, and the spirit. For more than fifteen years–while working as a college professor, workshop facilitator, and/or community organizer–Krizia has passionately focused on developing teaching methodologies that center the needs of womxn and queer trans people of color, and that honor the equal value of our thoughts and feelings as ways of knowing. Lately, they are centering on developing cultural programing, workshops, trainings, mentorship programs, and collective healing spaces focused on LGBTQIA+ issues, psychiatric disabilities, and radical self-care strategies within academic and communitarian spaces.
Image Description: black and white image of Krizia standing in front of a mural that depicts a re-interpretation of Quetzalcoatl-the aztec feathered serpent. They are genuinely laughing while looking at the camera. Krizia is using a cut off denim sweater and a grey jean.
Photo Credit: Layla Zbinden
Sav Schlauderaff, M.A. (They/Them)
Sav is a trans, queer and disabled PhD student in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Their research interests are within the intersections of feminist science studies, disability studies, genetics, future studies, biotechnology and trans studies. They graduated from San Diego State University in 2018 with their M.A. in Women's Studies, where they completed their thesis "Rejecting the Desire for 'Health': Centering Crip Bodyminds in Genetic Testing"--bridging their undergraduate degrees in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (GCD) and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) from the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities. Future research plans include examining the ways in which pain is held and felt in our bodymindspirits after trauma, through combining their academic backgrounds in feminist studies, genetics, molecular and microbiology with poetry, spiritual activism, and transformative pedagogies.
Beyond, and intertwining with, their academic research, Sav is passionate about education, activism and community building especially around the LGBTQIA+ communities, trauma/PTSD, eating disorder recovery, and disability--in addition to the multiple intersections of these topics and identities. They always strive to create accessible, intersectional, collaborative and intentional workshops and lectures. They have worked to create interactive workshops, classrooms, internship programming, and mentorship connections with undergraduates and high school students centering the values of radical vulnerability, kindness, listening, and meaningful reflection.
Image Description: a black and white picture of Sav wearing a very snazzy outfit of maroon high waisted dress pants, a mesh shirt with flowers all over, and a green plaid suit jacket. They are holding a flowery cane in their left hand with their right hand in their pocket & are smiling at the camera.
Photo Credit: Krizia Puig