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Thinking Trans // Trans Thinking Conference

October 28, 2022 - October 29, 2022

Thinking Trans // Trans Thinking Conference

Final Program

All times are in EST

Wednesday, 10/26 (Virtual)

  • 6:00-7:30pm—Panel A: Revisiting Pairs of Key Terms in Queer and Trans Studies
    • Ren Ellis Neyra
    • Ale Romero, “Racialized Transness: The Racial Epidermal Schema, the Bodily Ego, and the Skin-Ego”
    • Siobhan Kelly, “The Limits of Transsexual Theory?”
    • Adrián Emmanuel Hernández-Acosta, “Notes on the Black Religious in Contemporary Queer and Trans Studies”
  • 7:30-9:00pm—Panel B: Transness and Race: Genealogy, Futurity, and Epistemology
    • Max Thornton, “Who Owns the Future? Race, Gender, and Children in the 2020s US”
    • Sid Hansen, “Collateral Genealogy as Scientific Praxis”
    • K. Bailey Thomas, “Quaring the Intersection: On Embodied Knowledge and the [Im]Possibility of Black Gender”

 Friday, 10/28

  • 9:00-9:15am—Introductions
  • 9:15-10:35am—Panel 1: Joy, Childhood, Art
    • Jay Szpilka, “Not Just LGBT-Free Zones: The Limitations of the Rhetoric of Trans Suffering in Contemporary Poland,” Virtual
    • E Lev Feinman, “Transing Girlhood Temporalities,” In-Person
    • Sharon Berry, “Temple on Gender and Artistic Traditions,” Virtual
  • 10:45am-12:05pm—Panel 2: Gender Identity (Virtual)
    • Alexis Davin, “What are We Doing When We Gender Ourselves?”
    • Rowan Bell and E.M. Hernandez, “Gender Identity, Much Ado About Nothing: or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Trans”
    • R.A. Rowland,The Subjective Fit Account of Gender Identity”
  • 12:05-1:30pm—Lunch
  • 1:30-2:50pm—Panel 3: Trans/Crip Intimacies  
    • Perry Zurn, “Scatter: An Analytic of (Crip)Trans Poetics,” In-Person or Virtual
    • Sarah Cavar, “Disorderly Knowledge: Trans(/)Mad Intimacies for Collective Resistance,” Virtual
    • Elk Paauw, “Confronting Temporal Hegemony: A Comic of Crip/Queer Resistance,” Virtual
  • 3:00-4:20pm—Panel 4: Situating “Trans” in Data, History, and Social Science
    • Rebecca Sanaeikia, “Rejecting Current Methods of Transgender Data Collection in the Electronic Health Record (EHR),” In-Person
    • Kai Pyle, “A Tale of Two 1990s: Two-Spirit Organizing and the “Origins” of Trans Studies,” Virtual
    • Esther Suwannanon, “From Studying Kathoey to “Kathoey Studies”: A Review of Social Science Research between 1997 and 2017, Virtual
  • 4:30-5:50pm—Panel 5: Intersex, Monstrosity, and Political Economy
    • Alex Adamson, “Epistemological Foundations of Transgender Marxism,” Virtual
    • Jules Gleeson, “‘Hermaphrodites with Attitude,’ Resistant Humanism & Movement Entanglement in the 1990’s,” Virtual
    • Eric Maroney, “Political Economy of Passing: A Trans Genre Meditation on Queerness,” In-Person
  • 5:50-7:00pm—Reception
  • 7:00-8:15pm—Keynote: Jules Gill-Peterson, In-Person

Saturday, 10/29

  • 9:00-10:45amPanel 6: Trans Oppression, Resistance, and Liberation
    • Bella-Rose Grace Kelly, “Toward Trans Philosophies of Liberation: Translating Transgender Experiences,” Virtual
    • Jules Wong, “Ambivalences of Trans Recognition”? In-Person
    • Leon Laidlaw, “Unsettling Trans Rights: Pursuing Gender Self-Determination Through Indigenous Solidarity,” In-Person
    • Tawny Whaley, “Shame and Gendered Violence,” Virtual
  • 10:55am-12:15pm—Panel 7: A Year of Non-Binary Philosophy
    • Manon Andre De St. Amant, In-Person
    • Aila O’Loughlin, In-Person
    • Rachel Pedersen, In-Person
  • 12:15-1:30pm—Lunch
  • 1:30-3:15pm—Panel 8: Transfemininity
    • McKenzie Wark, “Femmunism: The Transsexual Exception,” In-Person
    • Indigo Chong, “On Autogynephilia: Trans Lesbianism and the Philosophy of Sexuate Difference,” Virtual
    • Chris Aino Pihlak, “How Transgressive a Transsexual? Thinking Through Contradictions of Transfeminine Desirability within the Archives of Erotica,” Virtual
    • Maia Wellborn, “‘How to Retrieve Her,’ Or a Phenomenology of Transphobic Affect,” Virtual
  • 3:25-4:45pm—Panel 9: Southern Perspectives on Trans Ontology
    • Vic Kennedy, “Tight Coils: Restrictive Black Transfeminine Identity Formation in the American South,” In-Person
    • Arin Yost,  “A City of Queers In the Forest: Trans Care Relations & the Fight to Defend Atlanta’s Forests,” In-Person
    • Jessica Fisher, “’Fuck the norm, I can’t understand’: An initial analysis of stigma faced by transgender ageplayers,” In-Person
  • 4:55-6:40pm—Panel 10: Language, Poetry, and Aesthetics
    • Chris Blake-Turner, “The Revolution Will Not Be Grammatical,” In-Person
    • S. Brook Corfman, “On Liking and Likening,” In-Person
    • Anna Hartigan, “Transphobia as Aesthetic Misrecognition: A Reframing of the Debate around Transgender Identity,” Virtual
    • Maren Behrensen, “Strange Alliances: Anti-Trans Activism as Cultural Meme,” In-Person
  • 7:00-8:15pm—Keynote: Marlene Wayar, Virtual
    • Interpreters: Cole Rizki (University of Virginia) and Juliana Martinez (American University)

Sponsored by: Department of Philosophy, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Barbara Hyman Weinbaum Fund, the Katz Fund, the Cooper Fund, the Welsch Fund and the Thomas Fund at Goucher College.


October 28, 2022
October 29, 2022


Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204 United States
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