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Non-Binary Ecologies and Heritage

October 25, 2023 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Higgins Lobby Gallery

Image of the event poster, with the backdrop as the backyard house surrounded by lots of trees, a of volunteers sitting in the chair in the yard.

This discussion expands on a text co-authored by Dr Harriet Harriss that links Ecology and Queer Theory. It highlights the inherent flexibility existing in the field of Ecology and centers on the idea of non-binary Ecology, which has great potential as a positive influence on heritage preservation practice. The theoretical underpinnings of this enter the real world in a dialogue between Dr. Harriss and Victoria Munro, Executive Director of the Alice House Museum and steward of the historic house and gardens that were once the home of the notable queer photographer. The garden, which served as an extension of Alice Austen’s artistic expression, provides a tangible opportunity to tell her story and highlight her historical significance as a lesbian artist from the 19th century. With the potential to consider how historical legacies and natural areas coexist, this contextual setting offers an important platform for exploring the interaction of ecology and heritage narratives.