6:30-7:30 PM

Chinatown Branch of the Boston Public Library

Rustling Room: Who is the invader?
A Conversation with dp patrick and Banu Subramaniam
與dp patrick和Banu Subramaniam對談

Rustling Room is a presentation and panel discussion series that bring together scholars, artists and designers to discuss the ways of sustaining an embodied and entangled research, artistic, and design praxis.

In the first session, Who is the invader?  dp patrick and Banu Subramaniam will present each of their scholarly work, revolving around the entanglement between human lives and plant lives. The presentations will be followed by a conversation moderated by Che Yeh and a Q&A. 

dp patrick (they/them/etc) is a scholar, activist, educator, facilitator, and artist-poet-creator. Their scholarly and activist work focuses on transfeminist and queer autonomous politics, radical geographies and place-making, queer/feminist ecologies, activist archiving, and transversal movements for social transformation and collective liberation. Their journey has unfolded in long-term collaboration with the Bologna, Italy based collective Laboratorio Smaschieramenti and through engaged solidarity and action with Black and Indigenous led anti-colonial and anti-racist movements, labor union organizing, transnational transfeminisms, and Buddhist pedagogies and contemplative practices. As an artist-poet-creator,  dp patrick combines contemplative practice with multiple media, especially house music, to connect with and heal lineages shaped by patriarchy, white supremacy, and settler colonialism. They are continuously deepening their practice as an educator, including by working with the radical and transgressive pedagogies of bell hooks and her interlocutors, collaborators, and contemporaries. dp patrick is an assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Berea College.

Banu Subramaniam (any pronoun) received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Madras, India, and a Ph.D. in Zoology and Genetics from Duke University. Banu's work explores the philosophy, history, and culture of the natural sciences and medicine as they relate to gender, race, ethnicity, and caste. Banu's latest research rethinks the field and practice of botany in relation to histories of colonialism and xenophobia and explores the wide travels of scientific theories, ideas, and concepts as they relate to migration and invasive species. Banu Subramaniam is a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College.