Chair in Transgender Studies

Julia Serano

The Moving Trans History Forward Conference presents Julia Serano, Saturday's keynote! "Balancing Acts and Bottom-Up Approaches to Trans Activism," April 1st, 2023, 7:00 PM Pacific.

Registration now open!

Moving Trans History Forward, the international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational conference, presented by the Chair in Transgender Studies. March 30th - April 2nd, 2023.

An oral history digital exhibit

Word of Mouth showcases the Trans Activism Oral History collection. It tells some of the story about how Trans+ communities & networks developed in North America throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

FTM Newsletter Online

All 67 issues (1987-2008) of FTM Newsletter have been digitized and are now available online free of charge. Published by FTM International, the longest continuously-running organization for the transmasculine community.

Chair in Transgender Studies

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Our Vision

A world where Trans+ and all gender-diverse people can thrive free from the limitations of gender and intersecting oppressions.

Our Mission

Provide inspiration and hope to Trans+ people and our allies everywhere. Contribute to the development and dissemination of accurate knowledge about Trans+ people. Help to build strong and resilient Trans+ social and cultural communities

Our Commitment

We are committed to applying an intersectional lens in our work to advance reconciliation, racial justice, equity, and inclusion for all.

Our work is fostering research and scholarship in Transgender Studies

  • Encouraging both existing and new scholars to pursue careers in Transgender Studies and building local, national and international linkages with others working in Transgender Studies
  • Hosting visiting academic and community scholars
  • Proactive community outreach and knowledge mobilization
  • Teaching and mentoring related to the area of Transgender Studies
  • Assisting faculty to integrate Transgender Studies content into their courses
  • Subject matter expert of the Transgender Archives
  • Fundraising in support of the Chair in Transgender Studies and the Transgender Archives


Visiting scholars

Academic and community-based scholar visit with us throughout the year. Many of them have come to make use of the Transgender Archives.

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Moving Trans History Forward

Community activists, researchers, educators, artists, service providers, and allies come together to create a better future.

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Public events

The Chair in Transgender Studies holds a variety of public events, including guest speakers, social and arts events, and honorary degrees!

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Video message

A donation by the Tawani Foundation, founded and led by Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker, US Army (Retired), supports the inaugural chair in UVic’s Faculty of Social Sciences for five years.

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Rikki Swin

See more from the Transgender Archives on Flickr.

Transgender Archives

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Years in Review

See more videos from the Years in Review playlist on YouTube.

Moving Trans History Forward 2021

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Martine Rothblatt - Hon. Degree Recipient

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Scholars & Fellows

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See more videos from the Speakers playlist on YouTube.

Chair in Transgender Studies

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Scholars in Residence

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