University of Wisconsin–Madison

2019 J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Lecture

Portrait of Brigitte Baptiste"Queering Ecology" 

Dr. Brigitte Baptiste
Director, Humboldt Institute of Biological Resources

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center
Reception to follow

About the Lecture:

The conventional approach for queering ecology has been developed more from the side of queer theory than from the ecological thinking. However, biological evolution, based on a continuous arrangement of DNA texts, allows and even benefits from the existence of many "queer" species and behaviors. To many scholars "there is nothing more queer than nature", meaning that biological relationships among living beings are ecological narratives which produce queerness and innovation. The potential of such enquiry may help us understand and be prepared for the next generation of emerging, mutant or even cyberecosystems. 

About the Speaker:

Brigitte Baptiste is biologist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá and M.Sc. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. She worked as a researcher at the Unit for Rural Studies from the Faculty of Economics of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, where she began her teaching career at the Program of Rural Development and Environmental Management.

She participated in many national conservation projects and worked in diverse disciplines, such as environmental planning, cultural landscapes, process analysis of the transformation of the territory, ecological and economic history of productive systems, multicultural use and management of biodiversity analysis, biocomplexity, biospeleology and biopolitics. 

Since January 2011 Brigitte is the General Director of the Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. She has been a representative of Colombia and Latin America in different multilateral organizations such as IPBES or IAI.

In addition to being seen as a prominent environmental authority, she is also viewed as a role model for the Colombian LGBT community. She began her transformation from Luis to Brigitte in the mid-90’s when already working with the Humboldt Institute and teaching at Javeriana University. She officially changed her name at age 35 but avoids identifying as male or female. She is happily married with two daughters.

Sponsored by: The Human Rights Program, the International Division, and the Global Legal Studies Center

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