TRANS*FORMATIONS: Lives and Politics beyond the Gender Binary is an international conference organized in the framework of the ERC funded project TRANSRights, Gender citizenship and sexual rights in Europe: Transgender lives from a transnational perspective (http://transrightseurope.com). The conference will be held in Lisbon at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon on June 14-15.
TRANSRights is a project that aims to rethink and reflect upon gender and citizenship. It focuses on trans-people (namely, transsexuals, transgenders, crossdressers, genderqueers and other representatives of non-conforming gender identifications, expressions and lives) as subjects whose voices and diversity must be understood as one of the most challenging boundaries for framing contemporary debates on rights vis-à-vis an institutional apparatus that still reproduces a dualist gender order, polarising male and female, men and women, as discrete beings. This year, the TRANS*FORMATIONS Conference intends to create an opportunity and a forum for debate that allows to discuss the possibilities of living lives and engaging in politics beyond the constraints set out by gender binaries. In the face of contemporary challenges and the strong resistance(s) to gender dualisms that activists, academics, trans-people and allies are increasingly voicing, the furthering of our critical reflection on the diversity of trans lives and politics is both timely and of the essence.
Within the broader theme of the TRANS*FORMATIONS Conference, we encourage abstracts addressing one or more of the following topics:
· Trans subjectivities and identifications
· Lives and narratives within, between and beyond the binaries
· Diversity and intersections
· Gender transition and bodily transformation
· Trans healthcare
· Trans depathologization
· Trans and the law
· Trans politics and queer politics
· Critical perspectives on identity
· Movements, activism and citizenship
· Trans futures
· Trans and social inequalities
· Trans and the colonialities of gender: the West and beyond
· Trans and representation
· Popular, media and visual cultures
· Normativity and resistance in private and public arenas
· Discrimination, violence and transphobia from a transnational perspective
· Trans history and trans in history
· Methodological approaches and positioning
If you have other topic you would like to propose, all questions pertaining to transgender issues, sex/gender variance, gender nonconformity and plural embodiments, as well as work that draws upon methodological strategies to inform research in other areas of inquiry are welcomed. We particularly encourage papers that may contribute to the questioning of hegemonic categories of thought, power and identity.
Confirmed keynote speakers
Professor Susan Stryker, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, The University of Arizona (USA).
Susan Stryker is the author of many articles and several books on transgender and queer topics, most recently Transgender History (2008). She won a Lambda Literary Award for the anthology The Transgender Studies Reader (2006), and an Emmy Award for the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005). Alongside Paisley Currah, Susan co-edits Transgender Studies Quarterly, the first non-medical academic journal devoted to transgender issues, which premiered in 2014. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Simon Fraser University. Susan currently teaches classes on LGBT history, and on embodiment and technology. Research interests include transgender and queer studies, film and media, built environments, somatechnics, and critical theory.
Professor Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).
Stephen Whittle joined Manchester Metropolitan University as a lecturer in Law in 1993. He progressed to senior lecture, then reader, and in 2006 was made Professor of Equalities Law. In 1992, Stephen was also a co-founder of Press for Change (PFC), the UK’s trans rights lobby group. PFC’s very successful campaigns have resulted in several major case law successes at the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, which have led to significant legal changes including the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and full protection under the Equality Act 2010. Stephen has advised on transgender rights and law to the UK, Scottish, Irish, Italian, Japanese and South African governments, as well as the European Union & the Commission, and the Council of Europe.
Abstracts should have no less than 300 words. Proposals should include the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), institution, a short biography (maximum 150 words) and email address. The working language of the conference will be English so as to enable communication and interaction, but we will accept non-English-speaking participation when viable.
Participation in the conference is free of charge.
Abstracts and inquiries should be sent to:
Deadline: 31 March 2016
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2016
The conference will be held at:
Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
Av. Prof. Aníbal de Bettencourt, 9