Conferences

A complete list of published conference proceedings by Cate Sandilands

Papers in Published Conference Proceedings:

2002 “Rainbow’s End? Lesbian Separatism and the (Ongoing) Politics of Ecotopia,” in Margrit Eichler and June Larkin (eds.), Feminist Utopias: Visions for the Millennium (Toronto: Inanna Press), pp. 37-50.
2000 “Observing Canada, Observing Nature: National Parks, Discipline and Spectacle,” in Jürgen Kleist and Shawn Huffman (eds.), Canada Observed: Perspectives from Abroad and from Within Plattsburgh Studies in the Humanities, Vol. 7 (New York: Peter Lang), pp. 91-108.
1995 “Introduction” and “Rethinking the Personal and the Political,” in Ioan Davies and Paul Anisef (eds.), Contested Boundaries/Different Sociologies: Twenty-Five Years of Graduate Sociology at York (Toronto: York University Institute for Social Research), pp. 294-295 & 306-308.
1994 “A Story about North American Ecofeminism,” in David V. J. Bell, Roger Keil, and Gerda Wekerle (eds.), Human Society and the Natural World (Toronto: Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University), pp. 158-163.
1992 “Connectedess and Contradiction: On Feminism, Ecology, and Diversity,” in Houston Stewart, Beth Percival, and Elizabeth R. Epperly, (eds.) The More We Get Together…, (Charlottetown: gynergy books), pp. 139-146.

Invited Keynote and Plenary Addresses, Public Lectures and Seminar/Panel Presentations:
(York course guest lectures and seminars are not included in this list)

In progress “Botanically Queer: Plants, Sex, and Biopolitics,” Invited Presentation, Institute for for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia, October, 2014.
In progress “Vital Feminist Matters,” Invited Keynote Panel Presentation, Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada, Thunder Bay, ON, August, 2014.
2014 “Encountering Plants: Entanglements and Embodiments,” Invited Keynote Address, “Ecological Bodies” Symposium, University of Illinois, Champaign, May.
2014 “Botanically Queer,” Invited Public Lecture, Columbia University, New York, March.
2014 “Imagining Communities in the Anthropocene: Multi-species Relationships,” Invited
Consultant/Presenter, Humanities and the Environment Workshop, Arizona State
University, February.
2013 “Botanical Sensations: Plants, Politics, and Literatures of Vegetal Encounter,” Invited Keynote Address for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UKI), University of Surrey, Guildford UK, August.
2013 “Jane Rule’s Body Politic,” Invited Roundtable Presentation for The Body Politic, part of Gay Premises: Radical Voices in the Archives, 1973-1983, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto, June.
2013 “Building the Environmental Humanities,” Invited Roundtable Presentation,
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (US), Lawrence KS, May.
2013 “Vegetal Politics in the Rouge Park,” Invited Presentation for “Urban Forestries and Political Ecologies,” University of Toronto, April.
2013 “Queer/Ecology,” Invited Seminar Presentation for the Technoscience Salon,
University of Toronto, January.
2012 “Pro/polis? Bees, Labour and Public Life in Bee Journal,” Invited Workshop Paper for “Underground Ecocriticism,” Western University, London ON, November.
2012 “Dog Stranglers in the National Park: Ecology and Politics in the Rouge Valley,”
Invited Keynote Address, Canadian Association of Geographers (Ontario), University
of Toronto Scarborough, October.
2011 “From Queer Eye to Queer Ecology,” Invited Lecture, New York University, Pride
Month Celebrations, October.
2011 (with Michael Morris) “Eco Homo: Queering Bodies, Queering Sustainability,” Invited Keynote Performance, Staging Sustainability, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, April 2011.
2011 “Queer Eye? Heteronaturativity and its Discontents,” Invited Lecture, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University, April 2011.
2011 “A State of Nature? National Parks and English Canadian Nationalism,” Invited Public Lecture, Canadian Studies Program, York University, March 2011.
2011 “Queer Eye: Unthinking Heteronaturativity,” Invited Symposium Lecture, “Cross-
Cultural Ecocriticism(s): Waves and Undertows,” Rutgers University, February.
2011 “On Jane Rule: Queer Publics and Counterpublics,” Invited Lecture, Public Texts
Program (Department of English), Trent University, February.
2010 “Fantasies and Fires: Islandscapes from Galiano to Silver Bush,” Invited Plenary
Presentation, Lucy Maud Montgomery Institute Ninth Biennial International Conference, University of Prince Edward Island, June.
2010 “What Should Mr. Harper Read? Environmental Literature at the Apocalypse,”
Invited Keynote Lecture, Professional Writers’ Association of Canada, Toronto, June.
2010 “Apocalyptic Pleasures? Constituting Environmental Publics from Carson to
McCarthy,” Invited Lecture, Public Texts Program (Department of English), Trent
University, February.
2009 “The Public Life of Environmental Literature and Criticism,” Invited Symposium
Lecture, “Greening English Studies,” University of Texas at Arlington, October.
2009 “Literature and Environmental Politics,” Invited Public Lecture, Faculty of
Environmental Studies “Research Tuesdays” Series, September.
2009 “Acts of Nature: Literature, Excess and Environmental Politics.” Plenary
Address, “Transcanada Three: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship,” Mount Allison
University, July.
2009 “Our Ecocritical Futures.” Keynote Panelist (with Greg Garrard, Bath Spa
!17 University), Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment,
University of Victoria, June.
2009 “Visions of (Queer) Nature.” Invited Roundtable Participant, “Visions of Nature:
Constructing the Cultural Other,” Pembroke Seminar, Brown University, April.
2009 “Acts of Nature: Literature and the Green Public Sphere,” Invited Public Lecture,
Trent University, March.
2009 “The Public Life of Ecocriticism,” Invited Public Lecture, Queen’s University,
February.
2008 “Re/membering Landscape: On Bodies, Traces and Places.” Keynote Address,
Interdisciplinary Program in Interpretation and Values Annual Symposium,
Laurentian University, March.
2008 “Against Nature, For Nature: Thinking Queer Ecologies.” Invited Public Lecture,
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, January.
2007 “Seeing the Trees for the Forest: Emily Carr, Environmental History and the
Politics of Biography.” Invited Public Lecture, Shannon Lectures in History, Carleton
University, November.
2006 “Looking for A.Y.? Nation, Nature, and Anxiety in Georgian Bay Islands
National Park,” Invited Public Presentation, IRIS Speakers Series, York
University, February.
2005 “Queering Environmental History: Radclyffe Hall at The Well of Loneliness,” Quelques Arpents de Neige (Network in Canadian History and the Environment Workshop). Invited Presentation, University of Western Ontario, December.
2004 “From National Iconicity to Ecological Integrity: Nature and Nation in Canada’s
National Parks.” Invited Public Lecture, Trent University, Canadian Studies
Program, November.
2004 “Where the Mountain Men Meet the Lesbian Rangers: Gender, Nation, and
Nature in Canada’s Rocky Mountains.” Invited Public Lecture, Trent University,
Cultural Theory and Politics Program, November.
2004 “Unnatural Passions? Notes Toward a Queer Ecology,” Invited Public Lecture,
Starshak Annual Speaker in Gay and Lesbian Studies for 2003-04, Marquette
University, Milwaukee, WI, February.
2002 “Reflections on Ecological Feminism: Sex and Nature in Southern Oregon.” Invited
Seminar Presentation (with L. Corman), Women’s Studies Graduate Seminar Series,
York University, November.
2002 “Abject Natures? Queering the Ecological Body Politic.” Keynote Address, North
American Society for Social Philosophy, Eugene, OR, July.
2002 “Landdykes and Landscape: Reflections on Sexuality and Ecology.” Invited Seminar
Presentation, Institute for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, University of
Toronto, March.
2001 “Canada’s National Parks: Between Preservation and Recreation,” Invited Society
Lecture, Royal Geographic Society (British Columbia Branch), Victoria, June.
2001 “National Parks and Canadian National Identity.” Invited Seminar Presentation,
University of Victoria, Department of Sociology, March.
2001 “Ecofeminist Conversations: Gender, Nature and Citizenship,” Invited Public Lecture, University of Victoria, Department of Women’s Studies, March.
2000 “Social Theory and the Environment.” Keynote Panelist, Canadian Sociology and
Anthropology Association/Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Edmonton, May.
2000 “’This Land Made Me a Stronger Lesbian’: Reflections on Separatist Communities in Southern Oregon.” Invited Seminar Presentation, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, May.
2000 “Canada’s National Parks: From Profit to Preservation and Back?” Invited Seminar Presentation, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, April.
2000 “Raising Your Hand in the Council of All Beings: Ecofeminism and Citizenship.” Invited Public Lecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, March.
2000 “Environmentalism and Homophobia.” Invited Seminar Presentation, “Connecting Circles of Oppression: Environmentalism, Racism, Sexism and Homophobia,” Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, OR, March.
2000 “Wild Sex: Toward a Desiring Ecofeminism.” Invited Seminar Presentation, Center for the Study of Women and Society, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, February.
1997 “Clayoquot Sound and the Politics of (Spectacular) Identity.” Invited Workshop Participant, The Politics of Clayoquot Sound, conference organized by the University of Victoria, Tofino, British Columbia, June.
1995 “Gender and Environmental Ethics.” Environmental Policy Institute, Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Ontario, February.
1994 “Environmental Discourse Through Culture and Art: The Nuclear Sculpture of James L. Acord.” Invited Commentator, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Calgary, Alberta, June.
1994 “The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and the Quest for Politics.” International Women’s Day Address, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, March.
1993 “Green Perspectives.” Invited Seminar Presentation, Continental Left Green Network/Ontario Public Interest Research Group Conference, “Organizing for Social Change in the 90’s,” Toronto, Ontario, May.
1991 “Feminism and Ecology.” Keynote Address, Waterloo Public Interest Research Group, “Not Another ‘Green Week’,” Waterloo, Ontario, November.
1991 “The Greens,” Invited Panelist, Society of Arts and Science Students, McMaster University, Forum on Minor Canadian Political Parties, Hamilton, Ontario, October.
1991 “From Identity to Affinity: Feminism, Ecology, and Strategy.” Invited Plenary Paper, Midwest Radical Scholars and Activists Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November.
1991 “Ecology and Peace,” Invited Panelist, International Peace Bureau Annual
Conference, Toronto, Ontario, September.
1991 “Women and Environments — Sharing Experiences, Making Changes,” Invited
Presentation, YWCA of Canada, Annual Conference, “It’s Our World — Together We ! Can Make a Difference,” Sudbury, Ontario, April.

Conference Presentations:

In progress “Jane Rule’s Queer Border Crossings,” for the Western Literature Association, University of Victoria, Victoria BC, November 2014.
In progress “’The Only Lesbian in Canada’: Jane Rule and the Queer Politics of Publicity,” for Discourse and Dynamics: Canadian Women as Public Intellectuals, Mount Allison University, Sackville NB, October 2014.
2013 “A Very Queer Citizen: Jane Rule’s Public Lives,” for Sex Talk II, York University Sexuality Studies Program, May.
2013 (with P. Hobbs) “Toronto’s Queer Ecologies,” interpretive walk/bus tour, for the American Society for Environmental History, Toronto, April.
2012 “Multispecies Nation? Canadian Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Ontological Turn,” for “Beyond Nature: Rethinking Canadian and Environmental Studies,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., September.
2012 “Generation Bee,” for the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada, Kelowna, B.C., August.
2011 “After the Fire: Jane Rule’s Queer Ecologies,” for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Bloomington, IN, June 2011.
2010 “Garbage: Ecological Seeing in the Phantasmagoria,” for the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada, Sydney, NS, August.
2008 “Le Petit Dérangement: Whiteness and Landscape in Cape Breton Highlands National Park,” for Rethinking the Great White North, Kingston, ON, February.
2007 “Eco-Arcades? Experiencing Nature in the Phantasmagoria,” for Nature Matters: Materiality and the More-than-Human in Cultural Studies of the Environment, Toronto, ON, October.
2007 “Ecocriticism in Fragments: Walter Benjamin, Surrealism, and a Nature Poetry for Late Capitalism,” for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Spartanburg SC, June.
2007 “Who’s International, Anyway? A Canadian Comments on ‘the Anglo-American Canon,’” Position paper for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Spartanburg SC, June.
2007 “Le Petit Dérangement? Expropriation, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Landscape in Cape Breton Highlands National Park,” for the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco CA, April.
2006 “Thinking Ecology in Fragments: Walter Benjamin and the Dialectics of (Seeing) Nature,” for Andrew Biro, Workshop on Critical Ecologies, Wolfville NS, October.
2006 “Reading Queer Constellations: Beebo Brinker as Abject Urban Ecology,” for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Toronto, ON, June.
2006 “Consuming the City of Collective Memory: Lesbian Pulps, Queer Spaces,” Sexuality and Space Pre-Conference, for the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, March.
2005 “Looking for A.Y.: Nation, Wilderness and Anxiety in Georgian Bay Islands National Park,” for the Canadian Association for Cultural Studies, Edmonton, AB, October.
2005 “Gender Inversion as Queer Ecology: Distance and Mastery in The Well of Loneliness,” for the American Society for Literature and the Environment, Eugene, OR, June.
2005 “Masculinity, Modernism, and the Ambivalence of Nature: Gender Inversion as Queer Ecology in The Well of Loneliness,” for the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), Tucson, AZ, April.
2003 “Queering Environmental Justice,” for the American Studies Association, Hartford, CT, November.
2003 “An Island of Choice: Odd Bodies and Queer Desires on Jane Rule’s Galiano,” for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, Boston, MA, June.
2003 “Eco Homo: Queering the Ecological Body Politic,” for the American Philosophical Association (Central Division)/Society for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy, Cleveland, OH, April.
2002 “Passionate Nationalism, Limited Vision: A Reading of Roberta Bondar’s Park Photography,” for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Toronto, May.
2002 “’But Now It Belongs to You’: An Ecofeminist Reading of Jewett’s Deephaven,” for the Northeastern Modern Languages Association, Toronto, April.
2002 “’The Geology Recognizes No Boundaries’: Producing the Border in Waterton Lakes National Park,” for the American Society for Environmental History, Denver, CO, March.
2001 “Whalewatching: Political Speech, Political Appearance and Multi-Species Citizenship,” for Taking Nature Seriously: Citizens, Science and the Environment, University of Oregon, Eugene, February.
2000 “Rainbow’s End? Lesbian Separatism and the Ongoing Politics of Ecotopia,” for the University of Toronto Institute for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Feminist Utopias Conference, Toronto, November.
2000 “A Sense of Place, A Sense of Nation? National Parks and the Canadian Imaginary,” for the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Albany, November.
2000 “A Lavender Shade of Environmentalism? Tracing a Queer Ecology,” for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Edmonton, June.
2000 “Ecofeminism and Democracy: Genealogy of a Conversation,” for Ecofeminist Conversations, University of Oregon, Yachats OR, May.
1999 “Local Colour, National Heritage: Representing Nature in Canada’s National Parks,” for the Association for Canadian Studies, Two Days of Canada, St. Catharines, November.
1999 “A Flâneur in the Forest? Strolling Point Pelee with Walter Benjamin,” for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Sherbrooke, PQ, June.
1999 “Wild Sex: Ecofeminism and Eroticism,” for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Sherbrooke PQ, June.
1998 (with M. Campbell). “Grubbing Around in the Wilderness: Land and Narrative in Canada,” for The Power of Words: Literature, Society and the University, York University, October.
1998 “Observing Canada, Observing Nature: National Parks from Discipline to Simulacrum,” for Canada Observed, Institute for the Study of Canada, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, October.
1998 “A Nature Hike in (Post)Modernity: National Parks, Discipline and Spectacle,” for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, June.
1998 “Domestic Politics: Multiculturalism, Wilderness and the Empty Space of Canada,” for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Ottawa, Ontario, June.
1998 “Ecofeminism and Citizenship: Or, Raising Your Hand in the Council of All Beings,” for Ecofeminism: A Practical Environmental Philosophy for the 21st Century, Missoula, Montana, April (paper was read in my absence).
1998 (with M. Campbell), “Building Belonging in the True North: Land and Narrative in (English) Canada,” for The North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community, Reno, Nevada, February.
1998 “Thinking, Speaking and Acting: Ecofeminist Resistances,” for Ecofeminism and the Politics of Resistance Seminar Week, York University, January.
1996 “Nature and the Nation-Thing: The Canadian Sublime,” for the 22nd Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, October.
1996 “Ecofeminism and Feminist Theory,” for Women’s Rights are Human Rights, Women’s Studies Program, York University, North York, Ontario, June.
1996 “Panic Nature: Environmentalism and the Postmodern,” for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, St. Catharines, Ontario, June.
1996 “Nature, Nation and the Group of Seven,” for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, St. Catharines, Ontario, June.
1996 “The Sublime Object of Canada: Natures for a Nation,” for Re: Framing Nature and Nation: An Environmental Arts and Media Festival, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, February.
1995 “Reflections on the Right: Can Ecofeminism Meet the Challenge?” for the Institute for Social Ecology, Plainfield, Vermont, August.
1995 “Hannah Arendt and Anti-Essentialism: Democracy, Performativity, and Feminist Politics,” for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Montreal, Quebec, June.
1995 “Globalization and its Discontents: Ecofeminism and the Dilemma of Universality,” for the Westminster Institute for Ethics and Human Values Conference, “Surviving Globalization,” London, Ontario, May.
1995 “(En)Gendering Local Democracy: Feminism and Urban Environmental Politics,” for the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois, March.
1994 “Ecofeminism and Radical Democracy,” for the Institute for Social Ecology, Social Perspectives on Women and Ecology, Plainfield, Vermont, August.
1994 “Is the Personal Always Political? Environmentalism in the Age of ‘The Social,’” for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Calgary, Alberta, June.
1994 “The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism, Discourse, and Democracy,” for the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies Innis Centenary Conference, “Global Political Ecology,” North York, Ontario, March.
1993 “The ‘Nature’ of Ecofeminist Politics,” for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Ottawa, Ontario, June.
1992 “On the Subject of Environmentalism: Identity, Politics, and Ecology,” for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, June.
1991 “Radical Contingency: Social Movements and Democracy,” for the Midwest Radical Scholars and Activists Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November.
1991 Beyond Ecofeminism and Social Ecofeminism: Notes Toward Feminist Ecological Movement,” for the Left Green Network Third Continental Conference, Chicago, Illinois, July.
1991 “Strategies of Position: State, Civil Society, and the Green Movement,” for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association/Society for Socialist Studies, Kingston, Ontario, June.
1990 “Connectedness and Contradiction: On Feminism, Ecology, and Diversity,” for the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, November.
1990 “Correlations and Consciousness-Raising: Toward an Understanding of Feminism, Method and Strategy, for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Victoria, British Columbia, June.
1989 “Women and Witchcraft: A Study in Religion and Revolution,” for the York Graduate Conference in Critical Anthropology, North York, Ontario, May.
1988 “Spirituality and Feminist Praxis: Ideology and Action in Modern Witchcraft,” for the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Québec City, November.
1988 “Out of the Broom Closet: Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism in Contemporary Context,” ! for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Windsor, Ontario, June.

Workshops, Seminars and Conferences Organized:

2013-14 (with C. Cavanagh and A. Di Battista) “Lunchwords,” community poetry reading, writing and workshop series, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.
2013 (with J. Adamson) “Vegetal Ecocriticism,” pre-conference seminar for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, Lawrence, KS, May.
2011 (with A. Di Battista, J. Russell and E. Soper) “Green Words / Green Worlds: Literature and Environmental Politics,” public symposium, conference and writing workshops, October.
2010-11 (with A. Di Battista and E. Soper), Sustainable Writing Lab: Workshop Series VI (various events, including FES Reads!).
2009-10 (with J. MacLeod and E. Soper-Jones) Sustainable Writing Lab: Workshop Series V (monthly, September-April)
2006-09 (with L. Corman and S. Moore) Sustainable Writing Lab: Workshop Series II, III & IV (monthly, September-April)
2007-08 “Sex Works In Progress,” Sexuality Studies Program Seminar Series (monthly, October-April)
2007 (with M. Salhus) “Nature Matters: Materiality and the More-than-Human in Cultural Studies of the Environment,” international conference (200 participants), Toronto, October 25-28.
2007 (with B. Erickson) “Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Biopolitics and Desire,” invited international workshop (13 participants), Toronto, May 11-13.
2006 (with L. Hanson), “The Country and the City Revisited: Environmental Cultural Studies and Urban/Rural Transformations,” five panel series for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Toronto, ON, May-June.
2006 (with L. Corman and A. Dickinson), Sustainable Writing Lab: Workshop Series I (monthly, January-April)
2005-07 (with N. Garside) Environment and Culture at York Wednesday Seminar Series (monthly, September-April)
2005 (with M. Salhus and N. Garside), “Environment and Culture at York,” March 31 (day- long workshop).
2002-03 (with R. Keil and L. Fawcett), Seminar Series Co-ordinator, “From Four Corners: Interdisciplinary Directions in 21st Century Environmental Studies.”
1998 Seminar Series Week Co-ordinator, “Ecofeminism and the Politics of Resistance,” ! January.