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Jack Halberstam - Trans*: Representing the Transgender Body on Screen

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Keynote Address: Jack Halberstam, "Trans*: Representing the Transgender Body on Screen" (September 2nd 2017)

Queer Screens Conference - Northumbria University, September 2nd and 3rd 2017

Sponsors: The Institute of the Humanities at Northumbria University and the Gendered Subjects Research Group

Organizers: Anamarija Horvat & Inmaculada N. Sánchez-García

About: Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of six books including: "Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters" (Duke UP, 1995), "Female Masculinity" (Duke UP, 1998), "In A Queer Time and Place" (NYU Press, 2005), "The Queer Art of Failure" (Duke UP, 2011), "Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal" (Beacon Press, 2012) and "Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability" (UC Press, 2017), and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.

Abstract: In this talk, I give an account of half a century of representations of the transgender body. From coded still images to narrative films, from episodic TV series to contemporary art, the transgender body has been the object of great fascination. In the past, the representation of transgender bodies depended on elaborate visual coding that either turned the trans* body into a site of horror or pathology or pathos. Or else, the trans* body has disappeared within a visual code that can only register male or female. However, a visual history of experimentation has crafted ways of making trans* identities recognizable but not freakish, visible but not fetishized, and sites of identification rather than ridicule. What are these visual methods? What platforms have they appeared within and what is the future of representation of gender ambiguity?
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