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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New resources, and what comes next

With our final event now over, we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to an exciting, informative and inspiring series of events, be it through speaking, attending, administrative support or contributing skills and ideas.

This will not be the end of the project. We have plans for a journal issue and a book in the pipeline, and will also continue to update this website with resources generated at and/or relevant to the seminar series.

To begin with, we’re delighted to share a playlist of content from our third event, Trans In Popular Representation.

This playlist will eventually be updated with an additional video featuring Lee Gale’s talk.

Changes for ‘After Kinsey’

Unfortunately Tobias Raun and Surya Monro can no longer attend our final event, After Kinsey.

However, we’re pleased to announce that we will now be joined by Greygory Vass of Open Barbers. We will also be screening Jai Arun Ravine’s experimental short film Trans/Tom/Thai on the Thursday evening.

More information, including links to abstracts and speaker biographies, can be found here.

Alex Drummond will be filming the event for us, meaning that videos of some of the talks will be available at a future date.

Announcement: After Kinsey

Initial details of our fourth and final event are now available.

After Kinsey: (Re)Theorising Sexuality and Gender in a ‘Post-Closet’ Context will take place in the Radcliffe Conference Centre at the University of Warwick on Thursday 26th – Friday 27th June 2014.

This event will return to the themes of medical and therapeutic practice, popular culture and representation explored in previous seminars, whilst also reflecting specifically upon the consequences of contemporary ‘trans’ discourses for the theorising of gender and sexuality.

There will be seven presentations over the course of the event, from Zowie Davy, Mijke van der Drift, Kat Gupta, Sally Hines, Chryssy Hunter, Surya Monro and Tobias Raun. Further details of the topic areas will follow soon.

The event will be highly interactive, with several opportunities for extensive discussion of themes and issues raised by the speakers.

Registration will take place from 12pm on Thursday 26th June, with the event proper beginning at 1pm. Lunch, an evening meal and accommodation will be provided at Radcliffe. Breakfast will be provided on Friday 27th June.

Registration is now open.

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.

After Kinsey

Announcement: Trans in Popular Representation

We’re delighted to announce details of our third seminar.

Trans in Popular Representation will take place in the Radcliffe Conference Centre at the University of Warwick on Thursday 28th November 2013.

There will be four presentations over the course of the day, from Del LaGrace Volcano, Kat Gupta, Lee Gale (TransBareAll) and Helen Belcher (Trans Media Watch). Further details of the topic areas will follow soon.

The event will be highly interactive, with several opportunities for extensive discussion of themes and issues raised by the speakers.

Registration is now open.

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.

Trans in Popular Representation