HIVES meetings and events 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 enjoy these recordings as a way to engage in scholarships and conversations at a distance: both physically and temporally.
On December 4, 2020, HIVES wrapped up its fall season of events with a keynote presentation and reading from Jordan Scott. Scott provided us with readings from several of his works, including Night & Ox and Lanterns at Guantanamo.
Eli Clare: “NOTES ON CURE, DISABILITY, & NATURAL WORLDS”
Eli Clare presented his keynote, “Notes on Cure, Disability, & Natural Worlds” for the HIVES Research Workshop and Speaker Series on the topic of disability studies, animal studies, and popular culture.
Petra Kuppers: “Hives 2019 Keynote”
In December 2019, HIVES had the fantastic opportunity to host Dr. Petra Kuppers for a keynote presentation and reading of her work from Ice Bar, Shoreline of Infinity, and Gut Botany. The full video of the talk is available here!
The Future is Faith
Featuring the musical stylings of Rizzo Frenzy and readings from Thiahera Nurse and Isaiah Rivera, this is a night of music, poetry, and conversation as we reimagine body/mind/spirit together.
As a content note to help you better decide how to be in this space, these writings and songs speak of: mental health trauma, suicide, antiBlack violence, lynching, miscarriage, needles, drug use, alcohol use, ableism, and misogyny.
Forest Tales: Resurrecting Jatayu
In this episode of Forest Tales, Anuj joins HIVES participants in a game of collaborative storytelling centered on Jatayu’s wing.
Forest Tales is a queer, SF, ecofeminist retelling of the South Asian epic, the Ramayana, bringing the tradition out of the past, and into the present. As a speculative cinema project, it not only reimagines the epic but the cinematic form itself, drawing attention to the material and bodily facets of this medium. Rather than an energy-intensive industrial cinema that fetishes the screen, what emerges in Forest Tales is an artisanal cinema, invested in community and collaboration. Based on a range of sensory inputs including sound, text, and images, participants collectively co-create an ‘imagined’ cinema, based on characters from the epic. To learn more about the project, please visit: handspuncinema.wordpress.com
Preform and Deform
This screening and discussion took place in collaboration with the Broad Underground Film Series. This video is our introduction to a program of short experimental film that limp, wander, and roll at the intersection of race, disability, and performance.
Dr. Aren Aizura: a discussion of Mobile Subjects
HIVES and the Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities working group at MSU welcomed Dr. Aren Aizura for a discussion of his book, Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment.
Collaborating at a Distance: Buzz-Zine Contributors Panel
On March 4, 2021, HIVES hosted a panel on collaborating at a distance in the creation of the first volume of the Buzz-Zine. We had the pleasure of hosting four creators (Anuj Vaidya, Jonathan W. Thurston-Torres, Natalie Phillips, and seeley quest) whose work is part of the first ever Buzz-Zine: A Collection of Art and Writing on Human Animal Relations. These creators shared their work, discussed the role of disability and ecology in their artmaking, and talked about the impacts of the last year on their artmaking practices.