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CFP: Sexualities Special Issue ‘Trans Genealogies: Gender, Sexuality and the Emergence of Trans’

Guest editors: L Moon, R Pearce and DL Steinberg

Forthcoming 2016

Deadline for submission of papers: November 30 2015

We would like to invite submissions for a forthcoming Special Issue of Sexualities on the topic of ‘Trans-Genealogies: Gender, Sexuality and the Emergence of Trans’. Below please find email contact information for the Guest Editors, a synopsis of the Special Issue and advice for authors. The Guest Editors will be very happy to discuss your ideas for papers in advance of submission.

Contact:
D.L.Steinberg@warwick.ac.uk
L.Moon@warwick.ac.uk
R.Pearce@warwick.ac.uk

Please submit your papers by November 30 2015 for consideration for the Special Issue


Special Issue Synopsis

This special issue of Sexualities focuses on the emergence of Trans as a growing vernacular of identity, intersubjectivity and feeling on the intersecting terrains of gender and sexuality. The issue draws its impetus from the recent ESRC seminar series: ‘The Emergence of Trans: Retheorising Gender and Sexuality’ (2012-14).

Authors are encouraged to address at least one of the following three questions:

  • How does the emergence of Trans challenge, develop or extend understandings of gender and sexuality, reconfigure everyday lives or herald new normativites?
  • How do Trans lives and discourses articulate with issues of rights, citizenship and (complex and intersectional modes of) discrimination, health and welfare, education and popular commonsense?
  • What challenges do Trans identities present for clinical and therapeutic practice, for gender and sexuality theory and for everyday articulations of identity and intersubjective and communal connection?

Thematic Focus / Advice for Authors

The Special Issue will pursue and be organised around four key thematic axes:

1. Trans Genealogies: shifting paradigms and practice in clinical and therapeutic contexts
Emergent themes include: narratives of ‘authenticity’ that guide clinical protocols, psychotherapeutic approaches and patient self-identifications; ‘pathways of care’ surrounding interventions and management of Trans bodies; professional discourses (educational, diagnostic) and clinical and practice protocols vis a vis patient or client experience; and ‘alternative’ therapeutic discourses and the Trans self-help context.

2. Trans in everday culture: social networks, social movements, everyday lives and everyday repertoires
The focus here concerns the emergence of Trans social networks, social movements and citizenship struggles, including the impact of digital technology and web based resources on gender and sexuality activism and new identifications. Key themes include: communal, popular and ‘everyday’ repertoires of body, identity, feeling and experience; the impact of digital technology and social networking, and Transformations in everyday vernaculars of gender and sexuality, everyday lives and ‘on the ground’ experiences.

3. Trans in Popular representation
A third thematic focus concerns the spectacular, social semiotic, aesthetic and visual repertoires of Trans. Trans has emerged as a cross-media phenomenon involving traditional and new media from film and television to web-based media to photography to performance art, giving rise to emergent popular and commonsense dimensions of Trans.

4. Trans Epistemologies: retheorising gender and sexuality
The fourth thematic focus concerns the epistemic, intersubjective and affective implications of Trans culture, discourse and practice. Key questions in this context include a) 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;and b) what challenges do the epistemic underpinnings of Trans herald for sexuality and gender studies? Does Trans, for example, represent a ‘postcloset’ epistemology? Does it represent an emergent meta-narrative and, in its wake, a Transformed ‘post Kinsey’ understanding of gender, sexuality, bodies and experience?

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‘Trans As Everyday Culture’: abstracts and speaker biographies

Information on the presenters and their topics for the ‘Trans’ As Everyday Culture seminar on Thursday 23rd May is now available. This will be an interactive event in which attendees are encouraged to reflect actively upon the issues raised.

Surya Monro (University of Huddersfield)
‘Theorising Gender Diversity: Current trans, future directions’

Natacha Kennedy (Goldsmiths, University of London)
‘Prisoners of Lexicon; Young Trans people and trans children: a Social Activity Analysis’

Ruth Pearce & Kirsty Lohman (University of Warwick)
‘Trans Music Isn’t: De/constructing DIY identities’

Freiya Benson (Genderfork.com)
‘Genderfork – true stories from the edge of gender identity’

Please remember to register if you wish to attend, as there are only a limited number of places!