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Trans Studies, Trans Lives: Past, Present, and Future

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South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL

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Trans Studies, Trans Lives is a one-day symposium that seeks to promote trans-affirmative academic and creative work.

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In 2018, the Human Rights Campaign described anti-transgender violence in the US as “A National Epidemic”; the New York Times reported, “‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration”. In the UK, trans identities have been subject to similar attacks, with The Times publishing 323 largely critical articles on transgender rights and lives in 2018 alone. In response to the hostility, violence, and misunderstandings perpetrated against trans people, the UCL Grand Challenges programme (GCJE – Justice & Equality) has funded a one-day symposium to celebrate Trans Studies and Trans Lives.

This symposium seeks to recognize the difficult histories and structural issues faced by trans people, but also to ensure the present and future of trans people’s lives are not defined by oppression. We aim to showcase the endurance, joy, and creativity of the trans community with a selection of academic, autobiographical, and creative pieces on the theme of trans studies and trans lives.

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10:00am

REGISTRATION

10:25am

OPENING REMARKS

10:30am

FIRST KEYNOTE

Prof. Stephen Whittle (Manchester Metropolitan University)A Perfect Storm: The UK Government’s Failed Consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004

11:10am

PANEL 1: TRANS HISTORIES

Prof. Robert Mills (University College London): Recognising Wilgefortis

Dr. Katherine Inglis (University of Edinburgh): Trans Visibility in Late-Victorian English Publishing

Prof. Ann Heilmann (University of Cardiff): James Miranda Barry and the Conundrum of Historical Transgender Representation

12:30pm

LUNCH

13:00pm

PANEL 2: PAST TO PRESENT

Prof. Pamela L. Caughie (Loyola University Chicago): Queer Modernism and Trans Lives: Lili Elbe’s Life Narrative

Prof. Susan Rudy (Queen Mary University of London): On Gender Ontoformativity, or Refusing to Be Spat Out of Reality: Reclaiming (Trans and Cis) Lesbian Solidarity through Experimental Writing

Meshach Yaa-Yaw Owusu (University of Leeds): Black Trans Masculinities: Redefinition as Survival

Jaya Jacobo (GlobalGRACE-University of the Philippines/Ateneo de Manila University): Colonial Passage, Queer Passing, and Gender Identity in the Philippines

14:30pm

PANEL 3: CONFRONTING CATEGORIES

LJ Thuringer (Independent): Who Needs Gender

Aiden Greenall (Independent): “Please select one: Mr./Mrs.”: “Mx.” and Non-Binary Resistance

Lo Marshall (University College London): Negotiating Gender Diverse Worlds Built on Binary Expectations: The Kenwood Ladies Pond

15.50pm

TEA & COFFEE BREAK

16:10pm

PANEL 4: REPRESENTATIONS

Victoria Sin (Independent): Embodied Narratives

Lara Bochmann and Erin Hampson (Independent): StepOut (short film)

Felix Kawitzky (University of York): The Changeling’s Story: The Fantastic Duplicity of Queer Bodies in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction

17:30pm

SECOND KEYNOTE

Dr. Meg John Barker (Open University)Trans: Adventurers across Time and Space

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