Wildcrafting Our Queerness: Electric Dirt and the Queer Reappropriation of Appalachian History Part 1 (Update #6)

In my last post, I briefly explored the ways in which the structure and the material build of Electric Dirt called upon DIY aesthetics to create a non-centralized means of archiving the queer experience in Appalachia, even if academic institutions refuse to do so.  For this post, I will do an equally brief glimpse into […]

Wildcrafting Our Queerness: Electric Dirt and Anarchist Archiving (Update #5)

The outward face of the Queer Appalachia Project (@queerappalachia) is, without a doubt, their Instagram account (@queerappalachia). With an ever-increasing number of followers reaching into the hundreds of thousands, the group’s social media presence enables them to quickly disperse news, memes, art, etc. While my research for my upcoming honors thesis will focus very heavily […]

Wildcrafting Our Queerness: Metronormativity Primer (Update #3)

During my conversation with Mamone (@queerappalachia), they succinctly pointed out that, both historically and currently, “everybody has a hot take about Appalachia.” Following the 2016 election especially, news outlets, the memoir-industrial complex (I’m looking at you, J.D. Vance), and popular media have all looked to Appalachia and rural areas as a scapegoat for their political […]