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Book launch for E Cram’s newly published work, Violent Inheritance: Sexuality, Land, and Energy in Making the North American West (University of California Press)

Violent Inheritance book cover

E Cram, assistant professor of communication studies and gender, women's, and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa, will read from their new book. Violent Inheritance “deepens the analysis of settler colonialism’s endurance in the North American West and how infrastructures that ground sexual modernity are both reproduced and challenged by publics who have inherited them." Transfusing queer eco-criticism with archival and ethnographic research, Cram reconstructs the linkages between infrastructure, violence, sexuality, and energy and shows how racialized sexual knowledges cultivated settler colonial cultures of both innervation and enervation.

There will be two respondents to Cram’s reading: Colin Johnson (Indiana University), author of Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America (Temple University Press, 2013) and Gabriel N. Rosenberg (Duke University), author of The 4-H Harvest: Sexuality and the State in Rural America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

Moderators for the event are Kembrew McLeod, DEO of communication studies, University of Iowa, and Rachel Williams, DEO of gender, women's & sexuality studies, University of Iowa.

Free and open to all. Registration is required.

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