micha cárdenas exhibits, speaks, publishes, and wins a well-deserved award

cardenas with Gender Justice Award

IAS faculty member micha cárdenas has been given the 2016 Creative Award by the Gender Justice League. The 2016 Gender Justice Awards highlight and showcase the incredible activism and culture creation of trans and allied activists and artists who have made incredible strides for trans, gender queer, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people in the Pacific Northwest. This is the annual fundraiser for the Seattle-based Gender Justice League to support their work throughout Washington to build community and fight for the human rights of trans, gender queer, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people. You can read more about the 2016 awards in this article from the Capitol Hill Times.

Gender Justice Awards banner

cárdenas’ project "Unstoppable" has been curated into the exhibition "The Bubble: Safety by Ritual and Design" at the Alice Gallery, which opened in Seattle on November 19. Curator Susan Surface writes "We often speak of safety as a place that one can arrive, but safety is never static. New threats arise continually, requiring a constant reinvention and renewal of the tools we use to protect ourselves. In this terrifying time, what does safety look like? Are the ritual actions of safety more important than the devices? How do organic bodies evolve for safety in comparison with designed objects? How are we shaped by what we are protecting ourselves against?".

photo of targets from #Unstoppable

cárdenas also has a new publication, "Dilating Destiny: Writing the Transreal Body Through Game Design," in the journal Jump Cut. The article is an analysis of and reflection on the game Dilating Destiny, describing inspirations, aesthetics and politics of a text-based game that blends reality and fiction. 

screenshot from Dilating Destiny game

Finally, cárdenas presented her work at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. cárdenas spoke on the panel "ASA Program Committee: Trans* of Color Scholarship Home/Not Home in Trans* Studies" to call attention to the need to stop the deportations of trans Latinx people. The panel addressed the reality that over the last few years, trans* studies has gained an increasing institutional presence in the academy with increased faculty hiring, peer reviewed journals, research funding, new archival resources, and even an endowed professorship. This panel featured trans* of color scholars at all ranks, from doctoral candidates to full professors, discussing how they, and their work, find a home in this this burgeoning inter discipline, as well as how they do not.