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What Transpires Now: Trans History in the Present

March 19, 2024 @
5:00 p.m.
- 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
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In this talk drawn from her work in progress, “Changing Gender,” Susan Stryker highlights resonances between contemporary controversies over transgender issues and similar ones in the past, to situate the targeting of trans lives today in the long arc of modern history. What’s needed now, she argues, is not a narrow movement to secure the rights of a vulnerable minority, but rather a broader transformation of practices and systems through which we articulate the relationship between self-sense, embodied existence, social categorization, physical environments, and our sense of the ultimate nature of reality — that is, we need to change gender itself.

Susan Stryker, Ph.D., is the author of “Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution”; co-director of the Emmy-winning documentary film “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria”; co-editor of the multi-volume Transgender Studies readers; and was founding executive co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. A collection of her essays, “When Monsters Speak,” edited by McKenzie Wark, will be published next year by Duke University Press.