Graduate Student Directory

Krizia Puig

Summary of Expertise

Future/technology studies, space sciences, disability studies, post-humanisms, trans studies, performance art, critical race & ethnic studies, robotics, and ecocriticism 

 

Research Interests

Outer Space Colonization, Crip Futurisms, Climate Change, and Affective Technologies

 

 

Biography, Education and Training

Krizia Puig (they/them) is a non-binary disabled queer migrant theorist, artist, and activist born in Venezuela. They are a Ph.D. student in Feminist Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC)— where they also work as the Program Coordinator at the Disability Resource Center, and as a researcher/artist for the Critical Realities Studio (Art & Design: Games + Playable Media). Krizia focuses on bringing together insights from diverse fields of knowledge to produce creative, critical, and experimental scholarship about the material and speculative intersections between affective technologies and the futures of space exploration. Their current research intertwines future/technology studies, space sciences, disability studies, post-humanisms, trans studies, performance art, critical race & ethnic studies, robotics, and ecocriticism to analyze the implications of creating sustainable human settlements on Mars— and to experiment with(in) the im/possibilities of conceptualizing an accessible space program. As the co-founder of “The Queer Futures Collective” (www.queerfutures.com) —they are centering on creating cultural programming, workshops, trainings, mentorship programs, and collective healing spaces to re-imagine notions of futurity and community/self-care.

 

Meera is a brilliant, kind, and witty rescued chihuahua from San Diego. Wise canine companion, professional jumper, and perceptive fellow—she has been working as a service dog for 3 years. She stands against the discrimination of small “service” dogs of “unconventional breed.” Dogtor in the making, Meera has also 3 years of teaching experience, has attended to 9 conferences, and has been learning at many doctor’s appointments about healing and care. Research interest: squishy toys, the smells of the forest, cats.

 

Image Description: black and white image of Krizia sitting on their wheelchair. Meera (service dog) is on Krizia’s lap looking at the camera. They are dressed in a black jumpsuit and a black blazer.

Honors, Awards and Grants

2018-2022 Cota-Robles Fellowship. University of California Santa Cruz, CA.

2019 Mellon IHR Grad Fellowship. University of California Santa Cruz, CA.

2019 Summer Research Fellowship. The Humanities Institute. Summer Research Fellowship. Kennedy Space Center. University of California Santa Cruz, CA.

2018 Mellon IHR Grad Fellowship. University of California Santa Cruz, CA.

2018 NWSA Travel Grant and Registration Scholarship. NWSA. Atlanta, GA.

2018 Program Assessment Award. Student Learning Outcomes and Program Assessment Committee, in collaboration with the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement. Critical Reading and Writing Skills: Development of Instructor Training Materials and Student Workshop. Department of Women's Studies. San Diego State University, CA.

 

Selected Publications

Forthcoming, 2019 Puig, K.  & Schlauderaff, S. “Introduction to the Special Issue: ‘Fat Matter(s): The Art-Science(s) of Future Body-Making’”  Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Ed. Sav Schlauderaff & Krizia Puig. Taylor & Francis.                                  In Print. 

 

Forthcoming, 2019 Puig, K. “Cuir Sudaca Transpossessions and Other Magical Mutations: A written retablo about the practice of healing theselves/theworld(s) otherwise” The Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance.                                    Ed. Sandra D'Urso, Tina Rosenberg, and Anna Renee Winget. Palgrave Macmillan. London.  In Press

 

Forthcoming, 2019 Puig, K. “The Trans/Alien Manifesto: Future Love(s), Sex-Tech, and My Efforts to Re-member Your Embrace.” Trans Studies Quarterly. Special Issue in Trans Futurisms. In Print. 

 

2017 Puig, Krizia. The Synthetic Hyper Femme: On Sex Dolls, Fembots, and the Futures of Sex, 2017: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Web. ISBN: 9780355523546

 

Selected Presentations

2019  Puig, K. “The Trans/Alien Manifesto: Future Love(s), Sex-Tech, and My Efforts to  Re-member Your Embrace.” Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference. "Technologics: Power & Resistance".  Virginia Tech. Roanoke, VA April 25-27. 

 

2019  Puig, K. & Schlauderaff, S. Re-Examining the Borders Between Us: Regeneration, Symbiosis, and The Futures of Self Care—Society for Disability Studies Conference. "Emerging Disability Studies Perspective Ecologies of care and access on a world scale" Ohio State                   University. April 7, Columbus-Ohio.

 

2019 Puig, K. & Schlauderaff, S. Painful knowledge/Knowledge In Pain: an Elegy/Offering. Performance presented at The Society for Disability Studies Conference. "Emerging Disability Studies Perspective Ecologies of care and access on a world scale" Ohio State                        University. April 7, Columbus-Ohio.

 

2018 Puig, K. “Ode to Harmony’s Eyes: Erotic Robotics and The Mass Production of Lovable Machines.” National Women's Studies Association 2018. Just Imagine. Imagining Justice: Feminist visions of freedom, dream making and the radical politics of futures —Atlanta, GA. November 8-11, 2018.

 

2018 Puig, K. “My Big Fat Summer as a Skinny Hot Chick in Second Life”: Thinnest Pleasures/Avatarian Disruptions.”  QGRAD: Altern-net Bodies: Fat/Crip/Queered Identities, Expressions, and Cyber Activism—University of California Los Angeles, CA. October 26th, 2018. 

 

2018 Puig, K. “Affective Borderlands/Borderland Affects: Envisioning Future Formas de Querernos.” El Mundo Zurdo: An International Conference on the Life and Work of Gloria Anzaldúa —Trinity University, TX. May 17-19, 2018.

 

2017 Puig, K., Rojas, M. & Vargas, D. “Decolonizing our Llantos: Womxn of Color and Vulnerability in Academia.” Womxn of Color Conference 2017 —Conference 2017 —University of California Santa Barbara, CA. Feb 3, 2017. 

 

2016 Puig, K. “Anzaldúan Utopian Cosmologies: On Performance, Hope, and Queer of Color Futurities.” El Mundo Zurdo: An International Conference on the Life and Work of Gloria Anzaldúa —The University of Texas at San Antonio, TX. Nov 3-5, 2016. 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2019 Puig, K. Curator. “The Unseen: Visions From The Spectrum” —a photographic exhibit by autistic artist Pamela Urfer. Disability Resource Center. University of California Santa Cruz, CA. April 8th, 2019.

 

2018 Puig, K. Curator. Queer Provenir: Our Joy/A Revolution. A Performance by LGBTQIA+ Venezuelan Artist. Artists: Leonardo Van Schermbeek and Jefferson Quintana. Commissioned by The Bass: Miami Beach’s Contemporary Art Museum for the Miami Beach Pride Parade 2018. Miami, FL. April 8th, 2018. 

 

Teaching Interests

Futures of Love & Sex

Post-humanisms

Crip & Feminist Technoscience

Futures of Space Exploration