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THE MOVING TRANS HISTORY FORWARD CONFERENCE
PRESENTS

BLAS RADI

THURSDAY KEYNOTE
MARCH 11 2021
8:15 AM PACIFIC

Professor at the University of Buenos Aires & Co-Founder of the World's 2nd Chair of Trans Studies

ABOUT BLAS RADI

Blas Radi is an assistant professor of Philosophy at University of Buenos Aires, PhD candidate with a full scholarship granted by CONICET (National Committee of Scientific and Technic Research), and a human rights activist. He teaches theory of knowledge and Feminist Philosophy and coordinates the Independent Chair of Trans Studies. His PhD research explores the interplay between ignorance and epistemic injustice.

Building the Chair of Trans Studies
at the University of Buenos Aires.
Too trans to be philosophy?
Too philosophical to be trans? 

Being trans in academia is very difficult for those who hope to be more than an object of inquiry, or a political flag for other scholars. Added to the troubles that trans people experience when attempting to access and remain in educational institutions (even those that are tuition-free) is the challenge of being recognized as intellectuals. In this presentation, I will reflect on this and the important of trans academia, taking as a case in point the experience of the Independent Chair of Trans Studies at the University of Buenos Aires. FULL VIDEO LINK.

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THE MOVING TRANS HISTORY FORWARD CONFERENCE
PRESENTS

MISS MAJOR

SATURDAY KEYNOTE
MARCH 13 2021
11:15 AM PACIFIC

Miss Major is a Black, transgender activist who has fought for over fifty years to create a better world.

 

ABOUT MISS MAJOR

Major is a veteran of the infamous Stonewall Riots, a former sex worker, and a survivor of Dannemora Prison and Bellevue Hospital’s “queen tank.” Her global legacy of activism is rooted in her own experiences, and she continues her work to uplift transgender women of color, particularly those who have survived incarceration and police brutality. Miss Major is featured in the 2015 documentary film, MAJOR!, which explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy.

In Conversation with Kelendria Nation & Syrus Marcus Ware 

 

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Kelendria Nation is a Black woman of Trans experience of Caribbean descent who uses her perspective and unique experience to bring awareness to the various issues surrounding trans people; especially trans women of colour. She has dedicated herself to using her voice to impact change and bridge understanding across all communities. She provides advocacy, resolutions and transitions for Trans identified peoples. Through her work in community space through advocacy, she strives to allow folks to see that Trans, Non binary, and 2spirit identified folks because of their multiple intersections are often times left out in conversations. With collaboration and standing in solidarity with other community members she has been given the tools of being able to communicate her experience which has allowed her to tell her own story in her own voice. It is her hope that in time there will be more opportunities to empower other BIMPOC identified folks in the same which she has been.

 

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Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses drawing, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He has won several recognitions including the TD Diversity Award 2017, “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine 2005, and the Steinert and Ferreiro Award 2012. He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020). Photo Credit: Jalani Morgan