Jack Halberstam led a GSS Postgraduate Workshop on 5 July 2019.

The workshop reflected upon two readings by Jack Halberstam and J. R Latham (listed below). A broad range of topics were covered, including: Historical representations of trans*, the generative possibilities of archival work, the politics of transitioning and access to treatment in adolescence, Pharmaceutical capitalism, family, and more. The masterclass bought together a diverse group of scholars from across institutions as well as members of the community.

Suggested Readings

  • Latham, J.R. 2017, ‘Making and treating trans problems: The ontological politics of clinical practices’ in Studies in Gender and Sexuality 18(1). Available here: jrlatham.com/latham2017
    Halberstam, J 2018 Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability called “Trans* What’s in a Name?”, University of California Press. Available from the publisher’s site: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520292697/trans#table-of-contents; https://content.ucpress.edu/chapters/13294.ch01.pdf.

About the Speaker 

Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of five 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 Dirty Account of Gender Variability (Oakland: University of California Press, 2018) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam has also 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?” Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THINGon queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.

For more information about the ‘First Fridays’ Deakin Gender and Sexuality Studies HDR Masterclass and Seminar series.



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