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Thinking Gender 2022: Transgender Studies at the Intersections
UCLA Center for the Study of Women Presents

32nd Annual Graduate Student Research Conference
"Transgender Studies at the Intersections"

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (free, open to public)
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
12:00 PM-1:30 PM

"Street Queens and the Promise of Intersectional Trans Studies"
Followed by a conversation with MEL Y. CHEN

Trans studies recruits exemplary subjects to guarantee the promises of its political desires. This talk turns to the street queen, a fixture of mid twentieth century American queer and trans cities, to ask critical questions of the propensity to idealize subjects marginalized by race and gender. Who is the Black and brown street queen, what kind of life did she lead, and what does she know outside of the projection of contemporary desires for resilience and resistance onto her?

JULES GILL-PETERSON is an associate professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of "Histories of the Transgender Child" (Minnesota, 2018), winner of a Lambda Literary Award and the Children’s Literature Association book prize. Jules also serves as General Co-Editor of "TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly."

MEL Y. CHEN is Associate Professor of gender & women’s studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at UC Berkeley. Since "Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect" (2012), their second book concerns intoxication’s involvement in archival histories of the interanimation of time, race, and disability. Chen coedits a Duke book series entitled “Anima” and is part of a queer/trans of color arts collective in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Apr 6, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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