Public Seminar – Jack Halberstam: The Transgender Body – 5 July

Deakin’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Network is thrilled to announce a public lecture by Jack Halberstam on Friday 5 July, as part of our First Fridays seminar series.

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 for 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 THING on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture, the visual representation of anarchy and the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.

Seminar: Trans*: Visual Representation and the Transgender Body

To investigate trans* representation is also to propose that something within trans* representations exceeds the framing of transgenderism. By looking at trans* visuality, we can see what is gained and what remains unpredictable about the popular embrace of transgender bodies, or some of them, and transgender representations. The talk is in three parts: in the first part of the talk, I address where we have been in terms of the history of cinematic representations of gender variant bodies; in the second part I address histories of representation drawn from photography archives; and finally, I turn to contemporary popular film and fine arts to see how we might think differently about gender, trans* politics and popular and unpopular culture.

When: 4–5pm, Friday 5 July 2019

Where: Deakin Downtown, Tower 2, Level 12, 727 Collins Street, Narrm/Melbourne 3055

Venue info and directions >

Registration and questions > please contact gsexuality [at] or Daniel Marshall, Convenor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Deakin (daniel.marshall [at]


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