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Thinking Trans // Trans Thinking Conference

October 5-6, 2018
American University

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Thinking Trans // Trans Thinking

Over the past two decades, with the publication of The Transgender Studies Reader 1 and 2 (2006; 2013) and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, transgender studies has quickly become a prominent interdisciplinary field. While disciplines such as history, literature, and visual arts have made significant contributions to this emerging field, philosophy has yet to clarify its role within transgender studies. The aim of this conference will be to continue to explore what might be called “trans philosophy”—that is, philosophical work that is accountable to and illuminative of transgender experiences, histories, cultural production, and politics.

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2018 Conference Schedule & Locations

Keynote Speakers

Mel Y. Chen

Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, Berkeley.

Che Gossett

Che Gossett is a theory queen, writer, archivist at Barnard Center for Research on Women and PhD candidate in Trans/Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

Schlegel Legion of Honor Awardee

Eli Clare

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing.

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Generously sponsored by the American Philosophical Association, Hypatia, American University (Center for Diversity and Inclusion; College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office; Department of Philosophy and Religion; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; and the Office of Campus Life), and University of North Carolina, Charlotte (Department of Philosophy, Women and Gender Studies Program, Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, and Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies).

Steering Committee

Talia Mae Bettcher, Loren Canon, Tamsin Kimoto, Amy Marvin, Andrea Pitts, and Perry Zurn.

American University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences is honored to host the Thinking Trans Conference and welcomes participants to AU’s campus.