Women@NCSA presents "Let's Talk About Pronouns" on Wednesday, March 3 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. via Zoom. This event features a panel discussion that provides insight into the use of pronouns outside of he/him/his and she/her/hers to create a more inclusive environment for transgender and gender-nonconforming students and colleagues. Some key objectives include learning:
- The impact of using preferred pronouns
- How to use they/them pronouns and neopronouns
- Labels: nonbinary, gender fluid, agender, gender-queer, and other labels that may signify gender-nonconformity
- That gender-nonconformity does not look a certain way
- How to address someone without using names or pronouns
- How to develop correction plans when incorrect names and pronouns are mistakenly use
Join us in having an open conversation about trans identities, pronoun and name use, what to do when you are unsure of what to do, and how to avoid making assumptions about gender and identity based on gender presentation and physical appearance.
Featured Event Panelists and Moderator:
Filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and Department of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on theories and theologies of liberation, geography, race, Islam, visual culture, and social movements. Her current project Medina by the Bay is based on ethnographic research and filmmaking conducted amongst Muslim communities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and faculty affiliate in Latina/Latino Studies and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at UIUC. Her research interests include Latina and Latinx decolonial feminisms, critical theory, feminist theory, and critical philosophy of race. Her work stages dialogues across disciplines and traditions in order to consider Latina and Latinx decolonial feminist contributions to questions of identity, cross-cultural communication, and political marginalization particularly as they intersect with issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Along with other publishings, her current book project is tentatively titled, Orienting Historias: Unraveling the Coloniality of Gender through Las Tres Madres.
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and faculty affiliate in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at UIUC. Along with being the author of the book Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices and being published in many academic journals and book collections, Toby is now doing research that brings trans studies into conversation with the environmental humanities to consider topics such as the transnational production and circulation of synthetic hormones, U.S. border patrol and ecological destruction, and the creation and maintenance of long-distance hiking trails.
Maggie Scovic | Moderator
Senior at UIUC majoring in Social Psychology and Gender and Women's Studies and Women@NCSA intern. Their academic interests include trans studies, queer theory, and media studies. Maggie is currently working on a thesis project revolving around the use of they/them pronouns as a default and how this acts as erasure of trans and gender-nonconforming folks.
This event is open to all affiliates, friends, and staff of NCSA. We look forward to seeing you there!