Queer Trans Ecologies and River Justice
- PUBLISHED: April 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: Environmental Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Science and Technology Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 312 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 11 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780295749754
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Rivers host vibrant multispecies communities in their waters and along their banks, and, according to queer-trans-feminist river scientist Cleo Wölfle Hazard, their future vitality requires centering the values of justice, sovereignty, and dynamism. At the intersection of river sciences, queer and trans theory, and environmental justice, Underflows explores river cultures and politics at five sites of water conflict and restoration in California, Oregon, and Washington. Incorporating work with salmon, beaver, and floodplain recovery projects, Wölfle Hazard weaves narratives about innovative field research practices with an affectively oriented queer and trans focus on love and grief for rivers and fish. Drawing on the idea of underflows—the parts of a river’s flow that can’t be seen, the underground currents that seep through soil or rise from aquifers through cracks in bedrock—Wölfle Hazard elucidates the underflows in river cultures, sciences, and politics where Native nations and marginalized communities fight to protect rivers. The result is a deeply moving account of why rivers matter for queer and trans life, offering critical insights that point to innovative ways of doing science that disrupt settler colonialism and new visions for justice in river governance.
Authors & Contributors
Cleo Wölfle Hazard is assistant professor in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, coauthor of Thirsty for Justice: A People’s Blueprint for California Water, and coeditor of Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground.
"Covering an impressive swath of ground, this book presents insightful and challenging departures in theory and methodology and is a worthwhile read for ecological scientists and social theorists alike."- Dani Slabaugh, LSE Review of Books
"In insightful, inviting, and compelling ways, Underflows brings attention to possibilities beneath and beyond the surface flows of straight/settler science…[I]nnovative, collaborative approaches like Wölfle Hazard’s, particularly where they support and align with Indigenous-led stewardship and maintenance, are more crucial than ever."-
"Underflows will be deeply relevant to thinkers across and beyond academic disciplines. At various times addressed to practitioners of the ecological sciences, river workers, queer and trans theorists, ecocritics, and queer and trans folks outside academia, Wölfle Hazard’s exciting and thought-provoking study offers much-needed insight into queer and trans ecology and its affinities with Indigenous science, environmental justice, ecopoetics, and river ecosystems."-
"In this impassioned book, Cleo Wölfle Hazard takes seriously how multiple species and human communities co-create knowledge about and management of riverine environments. Examining how the ethical orientations and collaborative methods of queer and trans communities articulate models of ecological resurgence and belonging, Wölfle Hazard asks readers to engage with the underflows—submerged knowledges of and resistances to environmental destruction—that will be vital for creating forms of living together that break with the inequalities and violences of colonial settlement and capitalist property relations. In the process, Wölfle Hazard offers a radical vision for more responsible practices of environmental science and conservation that are attentive to frontline communities and to the phenomenal worlds of rivers, beavers, salmon, and other life forms affected by the current crises."- Neel Ahuja, author of Planetary Specters: Race, Migration, and Climate Change in the Twenty-First Century
"A remarkable contribution to queer, trans, feminist, anti-colonial and anti-racist political thought and practice. We need Cleo Wölfle Hazard's work so badly right now, as the climate crisis transforms all our capacities to imagine and cultivate freedom, as we encounter the ongoing co-optation of our resistance methods, and as we humbly search contemporary and historical collective practices for ways to survive and transform these contradictions."- Dean Spade, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law