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  • Mark 12:10 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: lesbian, trans,   

    CfP: special issue on trans* and lesbian communities 

    This looks interesting:

    Call for Papers*

    *”The Intersections of Trans* and Lesbian Identities, Communities, and

    *A Special Issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies*

    *Genny Beemyn and Mickey Eliason, Guest Editors*

    *Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2014*

    The *Journal of Lesbian Studies*, a peer-reviewed academic journal
    published by Taylor and Francis, invites essay submissions for a special
    issue on “The Intersections of Trans* and Lesbian Identities, Communities,
    and Movements,” guest edited by Genny Beemyn and Mickey Eliason.

    Possible topics include, but are not limited, to:

    ·        The identity development processes of trans* lesbians

    ·        The experiences of trans* lesbians in different communities and

    ·        Trans* lesbians in popular culture, the media, literature, or

    ·        Sexual and gender fluidity in the lives of younger people today

    ·        Trans* and cisgender lesbian political coalitions

    ·        Butch and FTM struggles and solidarities

    ·        Efforts to include trans women in “women-only” spaces

    Please send a 500-word abstract of the work you have written/would like to
    write to genny@umass.edu by *November 1, 2014*.  The editors will respond
    to proposals by December 1.  Completed articles of approximately 15-20
    pages (5,000-7,500 words) will be due by *March 31, 2015* (submitted
    articles will undergo a peer review process).

    For more detailed information about submission guidelines, including
    copyright requirements and the preparation of tables, figures, and images,
    please see the homepage for the *Journal of Lesbian Studies *at


  • Mark 12:58 pm on April 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    AGender: A Conference about Female and Transgender Masculinities 


    A Conference about Female and Transgender Masculinities

    16 and 17 June 2014 – Leeds Art Gallery

    This conference is inspired by the artwork (and lives) of the artists Marlow Moss and Claude Cahun which will be shown in exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery during the summer of 2014. It will explore female and transgender masculinities in the context of visual arts, queer culture and community engagement. In a lively combination of key note presentations and participative workshops this event will generate and discuss strategies to challenge negative attitudes to gender variance. It is hoped that the event will attract diverse participants including academics, artists, activists and professionals.

    Themes could include:

     Artist-led workshops exploring female and transgender masculinities, drag and

     Female and transgender masculinities, performativity and queer theories.

     Health and wellbeing issues and hate crime victimisations arising from negative
    attitudes to gender variance.

     Gender binarism and sports including perceived risks of becoming masculine
    and associations with lesbianism and transgenderism.

     Queer cultural readings of the artists’ work, other LGBTQ historical individuals
    and the time period.

     Perspectives on the conference themes influenced by intersectionality
    particularly post-colonial/critical race theories, Jewish queer culture (both
    artists had Jewish heritage) and disability theories.

    Proposals for both academic papers and participative workshops will be considered.
    150 word proposals to be sent to: jude.woods@leeds.gov.uk no later than 25.4.14,

  • Mark 9:41 pm on March 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    After Kinsey: (Re)Theorising Sexuality afnd Gender in a ‘Post-Closet’ Context 

    After Kinsey:
    (Re)Theorising Sexuality and Gender in a ‘Post-Closet’ Context

    Thursday 26th – Friday 27th June 2014

    Radcliffe, University of Warwick

    This concluding seminar will consider the epistemic, intersubjective and affective implications of ‘trans’ culture, discourse and practice.

    It will ask whether, to what degree and in what terms does the emergence of ‘trans’ challenge conceptual norms across different cultural sites from professional to popular to everyday practice.

    What challenges do the epistemic underpinnings of ‘trans’ herald for sexuality and gender studies? Does ‘trans’ represent a ‘post-closet’ epistemology? Does it represent an emergent meta-narrative and, in its wake, a transformed ‘post Kinsey’ understanding of gender, sexuality, bodies and experience?

    Zowie Davy
    Mijke van der Drift
    Kat Gupta
    Sally Hines
    Chryssy Hunter
    Surya Monro
    Tobia Raun

    Natacha Kennedy
    Lyndsey Moon
    Ruth Pearce

    The event will run from 12pmThursday 26th June to 1pmFriday 27th June.

    Meals and accommodation will be provided for all attendees, including: lunch and an evening meal on the first day, breakfast on the second day, refreshments including tea and coffee, and a hotel room in the Radcliffe conference centre.

    Attendance is free and all are welcome. However places are strictly limited, so please register!

  • Mark 3:25 pm on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Transseminars – free seminars with some bursaries available for travel. See below 

    Trans’ in Popular Representation (Thursday 28th November, University of Warwick)

    We’re delighted to announce details of the third seminar in this ESRC-sponsored series.

    This FREE event will focus on trans as a cross-media phenomenon involving traditional and

    new media from film and television to web-based media, photography and performance art.


    Del LaGrace Volcano (gender variant visual artist)
    Dr Kat Gupta (University of Nottingham)
    Lee Gale (TransBareAll)
    Helen Belcher (Trans Media Watch)

    9am to 5pm
    Thursday 28th November 2013
    Radcliffe, University of Warwick

    The event will be highly interactive, with several opportunities for extensive discussion

    of themes and issues raised by the speakers.

    A limited number of travel bursaries are available for participants who do not have

    institutional funds to attend. Let us know if you’d like to apply for one of these

    bursaries when you register.

    Information on how to register can be found here: http://transseminars.com/register


  • Mark 10:55 am on September 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Cluster hire in Transgender Studies at the University of Arizona 

    Faculty Cluster Hire in Transgender Studies The University of Arizona is pleased to announce a cluster hire of 4 tenure-track faculty positions in transgender studies over the next two years. Two positions are being offered this year in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), with a start date of fall 2014. Two positions to be based elsewhere in the university will be advertised next year, with a start date of fall 2015. This cluster hire is one element of the University of Arizona’s unprecedented investment in the field of transgender studies. Other elements include support for a new peer-reviewed journal, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, which will be published by Duke University Press starting in 2014, with the editorial office housed at the University of Arizona’s Institute for LGBT Studies; a new interdisciplinary Center for Critical Studies of the Body; and an anticipated graduate degree program in transgender studies.

    Transgender studies concerns itself with the variability and contingency of gender, sexuality, identity, and embodiment across time, space, languages, and cultures. It pays particular attention to the socio-political, legal, and economic consequences of noncompliance with gender norms; to the histories and social organization of minoritized transgender lives and communities; to forms of cultural production that represent or express gender variance; to the medicalization of identity and the depathologization of bodily difference; and to the emergence of novel forms of embodied subjectivity within contemporary techno-cultural environments. Because we seek to hire the most innovative scholars in this rapidly evolving field, we are open to considering any area of specialization, research agenda, and inter/disciplinary training compatible with faculty service in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

    We invite applications for two assistant professor positions, one of which will be based in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the other of which will be based in another suitable department within SBS (seesbs.arizona.edu). In addition to possessing requisite expertise in transgender studies, applicants must be qualified to teach core courses in their home department, and ideally will fulfill strategic priorities set by SBS in the following areas, broadly defined: health, the environment, technology, and global impact/regional roots. Our goal is to hire interdisciplinary scholars who can contribute to a new program in transgender studies while also meeting the needs of their home department.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references by October 14, 2013 touacareertrack.com, job number 53456.  Shortlisted candidates will be asked to supply additional materials.

  • Mark 8:56 am on July 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    CfP: Making Trans Count 

    Call for Submissions for Transgender Studies Quarterly 2.1: Making Transgender Count

    As a relatively new social category, the very notion of a “transgender population” poses numerous intellectual, political, and technical challenges. Who gets to define what transgender is, or who is transgender?  How are trans people counted—and by whom and for whom are they enumerated?  Why is counting transgender members of a population seen as making that population’s government accountable to those individuals? What is at stake in “making transgender count”—and how might this process vary in different national, linguistic, or cultural contexts?

    This issue of TSQ seeks to present a range of approaches to these challenges—everything from analyses that generate more effective and inclusive ways to measure and count gender identity and/or transgender persons, to critical perspectives on quantitative methodologies and the politics of what Ian Hacking has called “making up people.”

    In many countries, large-scale national health surveys provide data that policy-makers rely on to monitor the health of the populations they oversee, and to make decisions about the allocation of resources to particular groups and regions—yet transgender people remain invisible in most of such data collection projects. The widespread deployment of gender as a binary category defined by the sex assigned at birth has made trans people invisible in government data collection. Without the routine and standardized collection of information about transgender populations, some advocates contend, transgender people will not “count” when government agencies make decisions about the health, safety and public welfare of the population. But even as more agencies become more open to surveying transgender populations, experts and professionals are not yet of one mind as to what constitutes “best practices” for sampling methods that will accurately capture respondents’ gender identity/expression, and the diversity of transgender communities. In still other quarters, debates rage about the ethics of counting trans people in the first place.

    We invite proposals for scholarly essays that tackle transgender inclusion and/or gender identity/expression measurement and sampling methods in population studies,  demography, epidemiology, and other social sciences.  We also invite submissions that critically engage with the project of categorizing and counting “trans” populations.

    Potential topics might include:

    • best practices and strategies for transgender inclusion and sampling in quantitative research;
    • critical reflections on past, current, and future data collection efforts;
    • the potential effects of epidemiological research on health and other disparities in trans communities;
    • who counts/gets counted and who does not: occlusions of disability, race, ethnicity, class, gender in  quantitative research on trans communities;
    • the tension between the contextually specific meaning of transgender identities and the generality and fixity that data collection requires of its constructs and social categories; *implications of linguistic, geographical, and cultural diversity in definitions of transgender and the limits of its applicability;
    • critical engagements with of the biopolitics of enumerating the population.

    Please send full length article submissions by December 31, 2013 to tsqjournal@gmail.com along with a brief bio including name, postal address, and any institutional affiliation. Illustrations, figures and tables should be included with the submission.

    The guest editors for this issue are Jody Herman (Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law), Emilia Lombardi (Baldwin Wallace University), Sari L. Reisner (Harvard School of Public Health), Ben Singer (Vanderbilt University), and Hale Thompson (University of Illinois at Chicago). Any questions should be sent to the guest editors at tsqjournal@gmail.com.

    TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is a new journal, edited by Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker to be published by Duke University Press. TSQ aims to be the journal of record for the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies and to promote the widest possible range of perspectives on transgender phenomena broadly defined. Every issue of TSQ will be a specially themed issue that also contains regularly recurring features such as reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces. To learn more about the journal and see calls for papers for future

    special issues, visit  http://lgbt.arizona.edu/tsq-main.   For

    information about subscriptions, visit


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