Upcoming Speakers


 

A.J. Lowik - Visiting Scholar

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A.J. Lowik

PhD Candidate - University of British Columbia
Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice

"Creating Trans-Inclusive Abortion Services:

Challenging the Gendered Silos of Reproductive Health Care"


FREE PUBLIC TALK (bring your lunch)
Friday, May 3rd, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

A.J. Lowik is a PhD Candidate with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Their dissertation research considers trans people's reproductive decision-making processes, building on their MA thesis which focused on access to abortion and trans people's inclusion into women-only spaces. A.J. teaches Intro to Trans Studies at UBC, and has facilitated many workshops on trans-inclusion, including the Promoting Trans Literacies workshop series at UBC, a workshop on menstruation movements with PERIOD, and numerous workshops with yoga studios. They also work part-time at the B.C. Centre for Substance Use, as part of a team focused on creating substance use research, policy and treatment options that are inclusive to trans, as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer people. They recently co-authored a commentary with the Journal of Addiction Medicine on creating gender-inclusive alcohol interventions for pregnant people.

"This presentation will explore A.J.’s previous life as an employee at a women-only abortion clinic, their subsequent MA thesis which considered the barriers and obstacles to trans-inclusive abortion services, and the manual for abortion providers that they have since written on this topic, which has been distributed across Canada. By considering the abortion clinic as an exemplar, this presentation will challenge and critique the gendered silos of reproductive health care more generally, where embodied reproductive experiences like pregnancy and abortion, childbirth, lactation, etc. are understood as exclusively women’s experiences, and frequently delivered in women-centred or women-only spaces. It will address the clinical landscape of abortion in Canada and the United States and identify areas of concern for trans folks experiencing unwanted or unplanned pregnancies. It will also explore the opportunities for trans-inclusive abortion care that are opened up when we allow for self-managed pregnancy termination, bringing abortion out of the clinics and hospitals and into the hands of pregnancy people."

Past Speakers


 

Esther Suwannanon - Scholar in Residence

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Esther Suwannanon

Scholar in Residence from
Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

"From KATHOEY to TRANS*:
History, Politics and Activism in Thailand"


FREE PUBLIC TALK (bring your lunch)
Wed. Mar. 20th, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
UVic Cornett A317
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Esther C. Suwannanon, is presently an M.A. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. She is currently researching Kathoey history through the analysis of her personal formal/informal archives and living in Canada as a graduate visiting research student at University of Victoria where she is a Canada-Asian Scholarship and Education Exchanges for Development Scholar.

Thailand has been known by outsiders as a land of tolerance for gender-variant people. The existence of the word ‘Kathoey’ to describe gender-variant people can be traced back over a long period in Thai history, and has long been called a ‘third sex/gender’ category (Phet thi-sam, เพศที่สาม) within public and academic discourses. Even though Thailand has never been colonized, a variety of Western ideas have been incorporated into Thai society, and Thai Sex/Gender concepts have been shaped by Western ideas adopted by Thai elites. After WWII, the acceptance of aspects of American culture led to the recognition of Western medical knowledge. Western-inspired terms, for instance, Gay, Lesbian and Ladyboy, have become wide spread in Thai society, and since at least the 1970s western scholars have used the term Third Sex/Gender as a framework to explain sex and gender beyond the duality. Since the early 21st century, gender non-conforming people are more visible in society and the term Transsexual/Transgender has been emerged and combined with Kathoey activism and identity. I re-examine what Kathoey meant in the past, and what Kathoey means nowadays, and consider the limitations of “Thirdness” in Thai society.

 

Leo Rutherford / Corey Keith - Community Speakers

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Leo Rutherford & Corey Keith

"Rainbow Community Health Initiative 
Progress & Strategy"


Free Public Talk (bring your lunch)
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 
12:00 - 1:30 PM
UVic Cornett A317
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Leo Rutherford is a PhD student, queer and trans community members and advocate for sexual health and rights. He is passionate about community based participatory research and the health of transgender people. Leo’s background is in Psychology and Human Sexuality; his proposed dissertation will determine the sexual satisfaction of trans men who have undergone surgery on their genitals. Leo works on a few different research projects, each addressing the health, rights or sexuality of trans people. He is excited to be a part of the ‘Our community health initiative’ team!

Corey Keith uses the pronouns per and pers. Per provides passion, experience and knowledge through counselling, consulting, and workshops in the areas of sexuality and gender since 2006. Integrating Western and Eastern wisdom to enhance already existing practices to further create a sense of Radical Self Love, Authenticity, Spiritual Connection and Sacred Relationships. In September of 2018, Corey became part of the Rainbow Health Team. Per taught in the Bachelors of Social Work program, Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression, in 2013 and 2015. In 2009, Corey received a Bachelors of Aboriginal Social Work from NVIT, a diploma in Professional Counseling in 2011 from Rhodes Wellness College and then in 2016, a Masters of Education from Thompson Rivers University.

Our Community Health Initiative is a 5-year, province-wide community-based program, that seeks to determine the state of healthcare for Transgender, Two-spirit, Non-Binary (T2ENBY) people. This program, newly funded by the Vancouver foundation, and previously funded by the CIHR will also include documenting changes in healthcare or access to care. Our intention is to bring the T2ENBY community members together to create lasting change to increase the health of these diverse communities. This endeavor involves several community projects designed to fill gaps in physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health services for T2ENBY people. The largest goal is the creation and maintenance of a T2ENBY-led collation made of members from across the province. Research outcomes include the documentation of healthcare challenges, changes and improvements to these as well as understanding what is important to T2ENBY people in the province. We believe in ongoing knowledge translation and intend to obtain these communities’ input at each stage of our research and project development processes. We are excited to work with the T2ENBY and broader communities to create lasting and innovative change.

Rachel McKinnon - Visiting Speaker

Dr. Rachel McKinnon

First Trans World Champion in an Olympic Event

Including Trans Women Athletes in Sport:
Analyzing Principles and Policies of
Fairness in Competition
 


NEW DAY, TIME, & LOCATION!
Wed. Feb. 20th, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
UVic David Strong C130

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Dr. Rachel McKinnon is a philosopher, athlete, and activist for trans rights. She is the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling world champion in the Women 35-44 Sprint event, giving her a unique perspective on trans athlete rights. Rachel is the first trans world champion in an Olympic event. She has published widely on topics ranging from epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics, to trans* studies, psychology, and ethics. This includes her 2015 book, The Norms of Assertion: Truth, Lies, and Warrant (Palgrave), and dozens of journal articles and book chapters. Rachel has published pieces on trans issues in outlets such as The Washington Post, CBC Sports, The Independent, OutSports, and others. She is currently working on a variety of issues surrounding barriers to trans athlete rights, including anti-trans harassment, gaslighting, and stereotypes. Rachel is training to win a Canadian national championship and to defend her masters world championship title in Manchester UK in October 2019.
In this paper, co-written by Dr. Aryn Conrad, we examine the legal and ethical foundation for inclusion of transgender women athletes in competitive sport, drawing on IOC principles and relevant Court of Arbitration for Sport decisions. We argue that the inclusion of trans athletes in competition commensurate with their legal gender is the most consistent position with these principles of fair and equitable sport. Biological restrictions, such as endogenous testosterone limits, are not consistent with IOC and CAS principles. We explore the implications for recognizing that endogenous testosterone values are a “natural physical trait” and that excluding legally recognized women for high endogenous testosterone values constitutes prima facie discrimination on the basis of a natural physical trait. We suggest that the justificatory burden for such prima facie discrimination is unlikely to be met. Thus, in place of a limit on endogenous testosterone for women (whether cisgender, transgender, or intersex), we argue that "legally recognized gender" is most fully in line with IOC and CAS principles.

Dan Wei - Scholar in Residence

Dan Wei

Scholar in Residence from Nanchang University, China

Cross-gender Performance
 & Transgender Issues in China



Free Public Talk (bring your lunch)
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 
12:00 - 1:30 PM
UVic Cornett A317

Dan Wei, PhD, lecturer at Nanchang University in China, is a visiting scholar funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council. She is interested in gender inequality and transgender issues in China. She is doing research on cross-gender performance in Chinese theater and transgender history, politics, and activism in China.
China has a rich tradition of theater, dating back well over one thousand years, and cross-gender performance plays a significant role in Chinese opera. Male-to-female performance in Beijing Opera and female-to-male performance in Yue Opera have been important in the development of Chinese opera. They have provided a key location over centuries of Chinese history where gender boundaries were fluid.

Compared to LGBTQ activism in Western countries, transgender activism is going through a revolution in modern China. Movement on legal issues, subtle changes in government attitudes, and empowerment through social media by younger LGBTQ groups, scholars, and doctors have been making change step by step in China, although there is still a long way to go.

Julian Gill-Peterson - Fellowship Recipient

Julian Gill-Peterson

Chair in Transgender Studies Fellowship Recipient
University of Pittsburgh

Against Transsexuality:
Spirituality as Trans Feminine Practice in 1950s California


Free public talk
Tue. Jan. 22nd, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Q&A included)
UVic McPherson Library 025 (lower level)

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Venue is wheelchair accessible
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Julian Gill-Peterson is Assistant Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. They are the author of Histories of the Transgender Child (University of Minnesota Press, October 2018).

I am visiting the Transgender Archives to research my current book project, Gender Underground: A History of Trans DIY, which sets out to retell the story of the trans twentieth century by framing it not through institutional medicine, but the myriad do-it-yourself practices of trans people that forged powerful and long-invisible social worlds. Beginning in the 1950s, when most doctors would not provide the medical care requested by trans people, I explore a rich underground tradition that found inventive access to hormones, alternate routes to surgery, and many creative, non-medical forms of care for the self and others, including spiritual practices. DIY is not just the object of the book, but a method of responsible and politically engaged scholarship. Visiting the Transgender Archives at UVic is an unmatched chance for me to build, share, and learn from a “DIY trans studies” that affirms the survival and creative world-making of the least visible and enfranchised in our communities: low income, trans of color, and two sprit communities.

The Chair is also co-sponsoring Julian’s talk with UVic's School of Social Work. “Depathologizing Trans Childhood: A Trans of Colour Critique of Gender.” Wed. Jan. 23rd, 12:00-1:30 PM, MacLaurin D116.

Sophie Labelle - Visiting Speaker

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Sophie Labelle

Visiting Speaker
Cartoonist behind "Assigned Male"

"An Evening with Sophie Labelle:
Trans Cartoonist & Author"


By donation public talk
Monday, January 21st, 2019
7:00 PM
 
All ages welcome
Venue is wheelchair accessible
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Sophie Labelle is an internationally renowned visual artist and author from the South shore of Montréal. She is the transgender cartoonist behind Assigned Male, a webcomic about a group of queer and trans teenagers that has been running since 2014 and already touched millions of readers. She talks about her experience growing up transgender, her work as a cartoonist and cyberbullying.

Kyle Shaughnessy - Fellowship Recipient

Kyle Shaughnessy

Chair in Transgender Studies Fellowship Recipient
Dalhousie University

"Teaching & Learning Two-Spirit:
Decolonizing Gender Diversity Education"


Free public talk
Fri. Jan. 11th, 2019
12:30 - 2:00 PM
UVic Cornett A317 (3rd floor)

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Kyle Shaughnessy is a Two-Spirit, trans person of mixed Indigenous (Dene) and European ancestry. He is a social worker and writer originally from the Northwest Territories and rural BC with a strong background in public speaking, education, community building, and youth advocacy. Kyle is currently completing his MSW at Dalhousie University, focusing his thesis work on Two-Spirit pedagogy, and works at Trans Care BC as the Education Lead for Indigenous Communities and Children, Youth & Families.

Within the growing niche of gender diversity education and inclusivity training, there is an increasing demand for presentations and teaching resources on Two-Spirit history, identity, and overall health. Housing these topics within the realm of “gender diversity education” often means that we are approaching and sharing Two-Spirit knowledge from a Westernized framework. This ultimately reifies the notion that Two-Spirit is but one aspect of modern LGBTQ+ communit(ies), as opposed to a concept deeply embedded in the history of many nations, and significantly pre-dates the North American LGBTQ+ movement. Using Indigenous teaching approaches such as humor, and storytelling, this presentation provides an opportunity to reflect on some of the ways we can decolonize our teaching practices, and utilize Indigenous-first methods of talking about Two-Spirit history, identity, and wellness.

Charles Ledbetter - Fellowship Recipient

CHARLES LEDBETTER

Fellowship Recipient - University of Tübingen, Germany

"Trans Speculative Fiction
in Independent Media"

FREE PUBLIC TALK
Tues. Nov. 20th, 2018 
12:30 - 2:00 PM
UVic Cornett A317

BIOGRAPHY: Charles Ledbetter is a writer, activist and PhD candidate at the University of Tübingen in Germany. A graduate of the Orange County foster care system, Charles received a BA in English Literature from UCLA and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Their doctoral dissertation analyzes the intersection of trans and posthuman themes in contemporary speculative fiction. This fellowship at the University of Victoria’s Transgender Archive grants them the opportunity to study texts written by trans folks for trans folks and the liberatory imaginaries therein.

ABSRACT: This talk explores the history of trans speculative fiction in independent media, their representations of trans worldbuilding and, finally, their parallels and tensions with trans imaginaries in traditionally-published texts.

While biography is perhaps the most visible genre in mainstream trans literature—for example, transition and coming-out narratives—these often frame trans experience through common tropes and stereotypes which reinforce binary gender. Speculative fiction, with its troubling of time, space and selfhood, grants the opportunity for reimagining trans beyond traditional gender categories. Though authors such as Octavia Butler, Ursula K.LeGuin and Anne Leckie have become canonical for their representations of non-binary gender imaginaries, a majority of trans speculative fiction has been published through independent media: zines, self-publishing, digital archives and fanfiction. However, due to the historically ephemeral nature of trans material culture, as well as the continued centrality of corporate publishing in literary criticism as a discipline, this body of literature had received little critical attention. 

Kyle Kirkup - Invited Speaker

KYLE KIRKUP

Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa (Common Law)

‘The Origins of Gender Identity and Gender Expression
in Anglo-American Legal Discourse’

FREE PUBLIC TALK
Wed. Nov. 7th, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
UVic Cornett B112

Anglo-American lawmakers are in the midst of introducing a series of anti-discrimination protections for trans people. By and large, they are making this change by adding the terms ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ to a variety of human rights law instruments. In June 2017, for example, the Parliament of Canada passed Bill C-16, An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. The legislation adds the terms ‘gender identity or expression’ to the Canadian Human Rights Act, along with the hate crimes provisions of the Criminal Code. Similar pieces of legislation have been introduced in the United States and the United Kingdom.

While legal scholarship has spent considerable time debating the merits of such legislation, comparatively less attention has been paid to the plural, and often contradictory, history of ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression.’ This article traces the origins of these terms, arguing that ‘gender identity’ is the product of mid-century psychiatric discourses that constructed trans people as a narrow class of persons. ‘Gender expression’ is a comparatively newer concept, emerging in the 1990s in concert with performative theories of gender that sought to demonstrate how disciplinary norms are imposed on all members of society. The contemporary reliance on these terms reflects what Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick has called the tension between ‘minoritizing’ and ‘universalizing’ accounts of gender and sexuality.

Aeron Stark - Fellowship Recipient

Aeron Stark

Thursday, Oct. 25th, 2018, 12:30pm-2:00pm
Cornett A317 

"The Experiences of LGBTQ Youth in Three Cities Across British Columbia: Substance Use, Discrimination, Police, and the Law"

Aeron Stark is a community-based researcher who has a BSc in psychology from the University of Victoria. He currently works in the field of mental health and addictions. Aeron will speak about whether LGBTQ youth who use substances have different experiences and attitudes towards law enforcement when compared to non-LGBTQ participants.

Jonah Garde - Fellowship Recipient

Jonah Garde

"Trans(chrono)normativity: Imagined Hormone Times and Resistant Temporalities"

2018 Fellowship Recipient & Visiting Scholar, University of Bern, Switzerland

FREE PUBLIC TALK (donations gratefully accepted)
Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 2018
12:30pm-2:00pm (bring your lunch)

UVic - Cornett Building A317 

ABSTRACT: Unlike in any other field, time as normative structure is highly visible in classical trans* narratives imagining gender transition as a linear and progressive path from one gender into "the" other. Medico-legal productions of trans* subjectivity rely heavily on notion of stability as well as progress. These narratives are simultaneously called for by gatekeepers and strategically reproduced by trans* people seeking access to medical care or legal recognition. In these cases, time functions as normalizing order and is not the mere effect of power relations, but rather fundamental for their becoming. Time is simultaneously a signifier defining the relation between self and Other and a site of biopolitical in- and exclusions. Thus, chrononormativity is a central component of transnormativity, producing temporal forms of intelligibility and recognition of trans* subjectivity. In these narratives, synthetic hormones play a key role in fostering notions of progress and linearity. Tracing the entangled histories of sex hormones from early endocrinology to contemporary production within the pharma-industrial complex as well as their accompanying discourses and practices my presentation highlights the colonial, gendered, racialized, ableist, and nationalist underpinnings of trans(chrono)normativity. Concluding, I want to offer thoughts on the possibilities of resistant temporalities that undermine hegemonic notions of time drawing on practices of biohacking and trans* cultural productions that evoke untimeliness rather than chrononormativity.

BIO: Jonah Garde is an activist, community organizer, educator and PhD student in Gender Studies at the University of Bern. In Vienna, they are the co-organizer of the monthly film event trans*screenings X SPACE which aims to feature trans* representations that are marginalized within mainstream media. Their PhD thesis deals with trans* temporalities exploring the entanglements between trans* narratives, medico-legal discourses, history of science, the pharma-industrial complex as well as trans* activisms and cultural productions. They have studied Development Studies at the University of Vienna and their work on Cripping Development has been published by Peter Lang and in the Journal of Somatechnics.

Son Vivienne - Visiting Speaker

Son Vivienne

"Code-switching Identities: curating networked presence"

Visiting Scholar - RMIT University, Australia

FREE PUBLIC TALK (donations gratefully accepted)
Friday, Oct. 5th, 2018 12:00-1:30 PM
UVic - CORNETT A317 

BIO: Son Vivienne is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Creative Agency and the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT. Their principal expertise is digital self-representation, online activism, queer identity, and rhetorical strategies/feminist practices for speaking and listening across difference. Son is also involved in community development and arts as an activist, workshop facilitator and media-maker. Son is author of Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-author/co-editor of Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest, Culture (Rowman & Littlefield).  Son curates several collective storytelling websites for queer (www.rainbowfamilytree.com)and gender-diverse (www.storiesbeyondgender.com) communities and has over twenty years of multi-media production and distribution experience. As an award-winning writer/director/producer of drama and documentaries, they tackled subjects as diverse as youth suicide; drug cultures in Vietnamese communities; and lesbian personal columns. Their film work includes multi-lingual (Vietnamese-English and Adnyamathanha-English) and multi-modal (animation, micro-docs, digital storytelling and interactive web-platforms) projects that reflect their comparative, cross-cultural and critical approaches to communication and storytelling. You can contact Son via their website at www.incitestories.com.au or twitter @sonasterisk.
 
ABSTRACT: Non-binary gender identities pose a problem for international provision of education, health services and citizenship, and yet gender-diverse stories proliferate in a multitude of online spaces and are increasingly visible in mainstream media. Could the co-incidence of new ‘beyond-dualistic’ ways of being neither wholly male/female and online/offline, spell an end to finite and binary ways of being and doing gender? This project examines the intersections between emergent gender categories and fluid, multiple digital identities. It engages discrete groups of young gender-diverse people, their parents, educators, health providers and policy makers, in short creative workshops, where they each produce a pseudonymous, ‘ungendered’ selfie. These fragments of self will be curated in an online archive/website and exhibition at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Images and reflections will also be used as prompts at a Symposium in which we unpack the many ways we may like to be categorised and archived in more formal institutions of governance, education and citizenship.

Samuel Singer - Lansdowne Lecturer

Samuel Singer

"Trans Rights are (not just) Human Rights"

FREE PUBLIC TALK (refreshments provided)
Friday, Sept. 28th, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
UVic Fraser Bldg 158

COME & GO COFFEE @ BIBLIOCAFÉ
Friday, Sept. 28th, 2018, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Join Samuel Singer for a coffee & casual conversation.

The Chair in Transgender Studies and the Lansdowne Lecture Series proudly presents Samuel Singer, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, and Founder of Montreal’s Trans Legal Clinic.

Samuel Singer is a long-time advocate for trans people. In 2017, he completed a comprehensive report for the Canadian Human Rights Commission on the development of trans rights in Canada. He founded the Trans Legal Clinic in Montreal in 2014 and served as its supervising lawyer. Before his legal studies, Singer worked for ASTT(e)Q, a Quebec trans health and advocacy project.

There has been much discussion of the role of human rights in addressing trans marginalization. In this talk, I argue that as advocates, we need to widen our lens by turning our attention to trans legal issues outside of human rights law. Drawing on a study of trans case law in Canada, I pull out lessons from cases in areas including family law, youth protection law, and disability law. I argue that a fulsome and intersectional approach to trans rights requires other legal tools beyond human rights to improve trans lives.

Christopher Wolff - Fellowship Recipient

Christopher Wolff

Trans Artists: the how and why of their creative practices

Mon. Aug. 27th 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
UVic - Cornett Building A317
Join us for Nachos Night at the University Club following the talk! 

I believe that we as transgender, non-binary, and two-spirit people can transform our experiences into art and thereby create community and awareness for issues unique to our lives. Being a transgender writer, I'm very interested in how other trans artists, especially writers, establish a creative practice. I have seen firsthand the importance of a creative art practice, which is crucial both for individual wellbeing as well as a way to raise awareness for trans-related issues. My research at the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria will focus on how trans artists of all ages have used their creative art practices to express themselves and their gender identity. I'm especially interested in how various artists have spoken and written about their work in order to foster belonging and create community with other trans folks. By looking at materials from the Transgender Archives documenting those processes, I hope to explore how creative art practices have supported individual and collective selfcare among transgender folks working as creative artists.

Anna M. Kłonkowska - Fellowship Recipient

Anna M. Kłonkowska

"Transgender people in Poland. Identities, experiences and social circumstances."

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
12:00pm-1:30pm (bring your lunch)

UVic - Cornett Building A317 

ABSTRACT: The presentation of this paper is to address in detail the situational experiences and social circumstances of transgender people living in Poland. Based on results arrived at through the author’s research, the paper focuses on a number of accounts by transgender people regarding their social reception and the processes of “normativization” of their identities, as experienced in the interactions with experts who oversee the medical and legal transition related procedures. The arising problems which transgender persons face in these situations is highlighted by the severity of the kinds of social pressure which are placed upon them, most of which is aimed at teaching them to conform accordingly to the normative patterns of masculinity and femininity as commonly acknowledged in Polish society. Non-normative and non-binary identifications in transgender persons are not treated by officials in Poland, as well as by social environment, as authentic expressions of transgender. Consistent with the Foucauldian concept of power-knowledge, this discourse legitimizes a particular idea of the social order and supports particular strategies of normativization. Polish transgender persons’ attitudes to these pressures and their subsequent responses are herein analyzed.

BIO: Anna M. Kłonkowska is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Gdansk. She is a sociologist, psychologist, philosopher; her research interests include: transgender studies, men’s studies, sociology of the body. Dr. Kłonkowska facilitates one of the few support groups for transgender people in Poland since 2010 and cooperates with organizations supporting transgender people in Poland.

She is a recipient of Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (Stony Brook University), Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship (Stony Brook University), Bednarowski Trust Fellowship (University of Aberdeen), Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellowship (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg).

Susan Stryker - Visiting Speaker

SUSAN STRYKER

"The Life and Death of Frances Thompson:
Intersections of Transgender History, Race, 
Disability, and Sex-Work after the U.S. Civil War"

FREE PUBLIC TALK
Thursday, June 28th 2018, 7:00 PM
David Strong Building room C122
(donations gratefully accepted)


 

ABSTRACT

This lecture, drawn from Stryker's forthcoming book What Transpires Now: Transgender History and the Future We Need, tells the story of Frances Thompson, whose Congressional testimony after the Memphis Massacre in 1866 was instrumental in the establishment of Radical Reconstruction, the continued occupation of the defeated South by the victorious North. A decade later, as the U.S. debated ending Reconstruction in the context of a bitter presidential election, Thompson was targeted for ulterior political purposes, and details of her personal life became fodder in the national campaign. Thompson's story and her eventual fate offer a sobering reminder that many current issues about sex work, disability, gender complexity, and race have deep historical roots.

BIO

Susan Stryker is an award-winning scholar and filmmaker whose historical research, theoretical writing, and creative works have helped shape the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s. Dr. Stryker earned her Ph.D. in United States History at the University of California-Berkeley in 1992, later held a Ford Foundation/Social Science Research Council post-doctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Stanford University, and has been a distinguished visiting faculty member at Harvard University, Macquarie University in Sydney, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and the University of California-Santa Cruz. She is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books and anthologies, including Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chronicle 1996), Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions in the Golden Age of the Paperback (Chronicle 2000), The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (Seal Press 2008, 2017), and The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (2013). Her academic articles have appeared in such publications as GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Radical History Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Parallax, Australian Feminist Studies, Social Semiotics, and Journal of Women’s History, while her public scholarship has appeared in Aperture, Wired, The Utne Reader, and Slate.com. She won an Emmy Award for her documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (ITVS 2005), and is also the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award (2006), the Ruth Benedict Book Prize (2013), the Monette-Horowitz Prize for LGBTQ activism (2008), the Transgender Law Center’s Community Vanguard Award (2003), and two career achievement awards in LGBTQ Studies—the David Kessler Award in  from the City University of New York’s Center for LGBT Studies in 2008, and the Yale University’s Brudner Memorial Prize in 2015. Dr. Stryker served for several years as Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco (1999-2003), and for five years as Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona (2011-2016), where she is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and coordinator of the university’s Transgender Studies Initiative. In addition to serving as founding co-editor of the academic journal TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, she is currently developing several media projects, and has a book under contract to Farrar Straus Giroux, What Transpires Now, about the uses of transgender history for the present. 

KJ Cerankowski - Visiting Speaker

KJ Cerankowski

Friday, June 8th, 12:00 PM - 1:30PM, 2018 (bring your lunch)
Cornett Building rm. A317

KJ Cerankowski is assistant professor of Comparative American Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist studies at Oberlin College. Cerankowski co-edited the book Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge, 2014) and has published articles in the journals Feminist Studies and WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly). 

“Chasing Charley, Finding Myself: Being and Becoming in the Archive”

In Sierra Stories: True Tales of Tahoe by Mark McLaughlin, buried in the middle of the book is the story of a reputable and heroic stagecoach driver who went by the name of Charley Parkhurst, or “One-eyed Charley.” The 1880 obituary for Charley, published in the Sacramento Daily Bee, consistently refers to Charley as “he” even while noting upon his death he was found to be “unmistakably a well-developed woman.” As McLaughlin tells the story of Parkhurst, “She became the first woman to vote in the United States, 52 years before the passing of the 19th amendment!”  In this talk, I will discuss my search for Charley, not as a recovery of a lost biography, but as the springboard for my own meditations on gender, transition, and creating an archive of the body while searching for the body in the archive, all of which inspired my current book project, I Don’t Know If This Is About Trans Stuff, Or What: Essays.

Kristina Olson - Lansdowne Lecturer

Kristina Olson

Presented by the Chair in Transgender Studies & Lansdowne Lecture Series

Kristina Olson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington where she is also the director of the TransYouth Project, the first large-scale, national, longitudinal study of transgender children's development. Dr. Olson received her BA in Psychology and African and Afro-American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and her MA and PhD from Harvard University before beginning her faculty career at Yale University, moving to the University of Washington in 2013. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Arcus Foundation, and the Satterberg Foundation amongst other sources. Dr. Olson has won several early career awards including the Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, the International Social Cognition Network's Early Career Award, and the SAGE Young Scholar's Award.

EVENING LANSDOWNE LECTURE
"Early Transgender Children's Development"

Wed., Feb. 7th, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
UVic David Turpin A104
FREE PUBLIC TALK - donations gratefully accepted

Announced on our day of birth or even months before, sex and gender are perhaps the most central social categories that affect our lives regardless of the society into which we are born. While the study of how we come to understand our own gender and the influence gender has on our lives has been central to the study of human psychology for decades, nearly all research to date has focused on people who experience “typical” gender identity (gender identity that aligns with one's sex). In this talk, I will discuss our recent work exploring gender development and mental health in an increasingly visible group of children—transgender and gender nonconforming youth—for whom gender and sex diverge considerably. I will explain how studying gender diverse children enhances our understanding of gender and well-being more broadly and can speak to ongoing debates about gender diverse children.

AFTERNOON COLLOQUIUM
"Studying transgender children: the good, the bad, and the complicated"

Wed., Feb. 7th, 2018
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
UVic Cornett A317
FREE - donations gratefully accepted

In this informal discussion and Q&A session, I will discuss how I came to study transgender and gender diverse children, the expected and unexpected challenges of working in this area (from the methodological limitations to the unexpected politics), and where I hope to see this work go moving forward. Come with questions and I'll give my best, most honest answers about the joys and sorrows of working in a hotly debated area of interest not only in fields I know, but far outside the walls of academia.

Syrus Marcus Ware - Visiting Speaker

SYRUS MARCUS WARE

WHAT: Come listen to Syrus Marcus Ware talk about his research, art, and activism, including what brought him to The Transgender Archives.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, 12:30-1:30PM.

WHERE: Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library A003 - University of Victoria

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. He is a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre, and for 12 years was the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program. Syrus is the inaugural Daniel’s Spectrum Artist-in-Residence (2016/17) and is also a core-team member of Black Lives Matter- Toronto.

Official Website: syrusmarcusware.com
[Video] “Love and Living: Syrus Marcus Ware” – Creative Time Summit
[Video] "Queer (Self) Portraits: Syrus Marcus Ware" - CBC

Elias Capello - Fellowship Recipient

Elias Capello

WATCH ELIAS' FULL PRESENTATION

Elias Capello

Chair in Transgender Studies Research Fellow

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Trans on the Bayou

The talk will discuss and analyze the narratives from interview data of 11 transgender people from Louisiana. In particular, I will discuss the idea of "self-made identities" and how they are culturally and socially influenced by local economic and medical politics.

When: Tuesday, July 18th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, 2017. Bring your colleagues and brown bag lunch!

Where: Hickman Building (HHD) room 120.

Bio: Elias is a medical anthropologist who is examining materials in the Transgender Archives to better understand the linguistic patterns of how transgender people disseminate knowledge about their bodies and health in order to eliminate the gap in medical literature. The linguistic patterns of how transgender people communicate about their bodies will be compared with the research papers in the archives, to compare the two knowledge forms. Elias focuses on themes of embodiment, dissemination of knowledge about bodies and health, and resilience.

Graduate Student Colloquium

Alyx MacAdams

"Contradictions in Care:
Trans Youth Experiences of Care"

Wednesday, Sept. 12th, 2018, 12:30pm-2:00pm
UVic - Cornett A317 

Alyx MacAdams is a Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Victoria. Their research, work experience, and activism centres around the goal of elevating the voices of young trans people and providing support to parents and family members of trans children and youth.

This colloquium presentation will discuss my thesis research, which is focused on discourses of care in relation to trans youth and citizenship. The purpose of my research is to elevate the knowledges young trans people and supportive caregivers have around what care could and should look like for trans youth. For this presentation, I will situate my research within social citizenship literature about the child citizen and trans citizenship to demonstrate how constructions of normative citizenship and childhood within the Canadian neo-liberal context form unstable and contradictory meanings of what constitutes ‘care’ for young trans people. In this analysis I will include discussion of the themes that have emerged in the first part of my data collection, interviews with supportive parents/caregivers.


Leo Rutherford

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Cornett A317 

The sexual health of trans men after bottom surgery: A community-based inquiry.

This colloquium presentation will explore the academic literature related to transgender men's sexual health after having surgery related to their genitals. There is a significant lack of literature on this topic, therefore related multi-disciplinary discourses will be drawn upon. Large gaps in the literature will be discussed which point to the importance of research on this topic. Proposed methodology for my dissertation includes the use of a community based participatory framework and the collection of quantitative data through surveys. Anticipated findings and planned knowledge translation activities will also be shared through presentation. Critique and feedback from trans community members and academics are welcome as this can help ensure the integrity of my research process.

 

Nicola Temmel

January 24th, 2018 

Nicola Temmel has a BA in Criminology from Carleton University and is currently a University of Victoria Sociology MA Candidate under Aaron Devor’s supervision. Nicola’s professional background focuses on researching, preventing, and responding to violence against women and children. Through her six years of experience working as a Transition House Women’s Counsellor, Nicola developed an interest in understanding how women-only organizations can better meet the needs of trans women accessing their services. As such, her MA thesis focuses on how transition house women’s counsellors respond to trans women accessing residential support.

I will be presenting on my thesis topic. The title of my project is "Trans-Forming Women’s Shelters: Making Transition Houses Safe and Accessible to Trans Women". Transition houses offer short-term emergency shelter to women and children affected by violence and abuse. My academic and professional background focuses on understanding and addressing gender-based violence through an intersectional feminist lens. Drawing on my 7 years experience working as a transition house counsellor, my research focuses on better understanding the challenges, opportunities, and insights experienced by transition house counsellors who have worked with trans women.The findings of this qualitative study could contribute to improvements in trans inclusive practices of transition house counsellors and result in practical recommendations to social services providers in relation to better meeting the needs of trans women.

Audrey Wolfe, 2017

December 18th

My research explores how LGBTQ and gender-fluid youth make sense of their experiences with sexualized and intimate partner violence. My inquiry is situated within the West Coast of Canada and the United States during the 1990s when feminist theories about violence and public discourses about queerness were shifting. This (auto)ethnographic research will include analyzing zines and pieces of personal narrative text to access distinct aspects of survival that do not yet exist within the current literature upheld by the academic world.

The purpose of my research is to further the knowledge and understanding of young LGBTQ people’s experience with sexualized and intimate violence and how they make sense of those experiences. Using an autoethnograhic methodology, I plan to draw evidence from my personal narrative stories and my poetry journals, including those that I kept while living with an abusive partner when I was twenty-one and twenty-two years old. I hope to contribute to a body of knowledge regarding young people’s experience of violence.

Kelsey Rounds

November 20th, 2018

Kelsey Rounds is pursuing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Victoria. Their current research focus is transgender elders and resilience, using a lens of social justice and intersectionality. Kelsey’s goal is to conduct research that makes a positive impact for LGBTQ communities, as well as helping people who experience multiple oppressions by giving voice to the intersectional experience in ways accessible to program designers and policymakers.

My research will explore factors that contribute to trans elders’ ability to survive and thrive throughout their life span using Narrative Inquiry with a strengths-based and intersectional lens and focusing on aspects of experience that achieve positive outcomes for trans people. Through these stories, my research aims to provide tangible benefits to current and future trans elders as they navigate the aging process in various healthcare and community models. My research aims are 1) to inform multidisciplinary practice and health policy to create positive benefit for current trans elders and help to redress inequities in care, 2) to witness the wisdom and experience of trans elders, and 3) to preserve the experience of trans elders to contribute to trans history.

Alexie Glover

September 18th, 2017

“Redressing History: Cross-Dressing, Non-Binary Gender Identity, and Fantasia Fair”

Alexie Glover is a second-year MA candidate at the University of Victoria. She studies trans and gender non-conforming history in North America, with a particular focus on the late twentieth century. She also works as an assistant editor for Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality.

How can historians write about gender without dichotomizing? My paper analyzes the historicization of cross-dressing and non-binary gender identities in the United States. I argue that the emerging field of transgender history has limited the relevance of cross-dressing to the pre-gay liberation era. My paper examines a unique community of cross-dressers at Fantasia Fair, the longest-running annual gender conference in the ‘transgender world’.  These cross-dressers conceptualized both their embodied sex and gender identities in ways that do not conform to binary understandings of gender and therefore force us to question the apparently stable, transhistorical nature of male-female gender binaries that historians often impose on the past. Furthermore, these people push historians to see cross-dressing as a recent historical category, as opposed to a practice that died out with increased access to hormones and sex re-assignment procedures. By working historiographically, I challenge an emerging teleological trajectory that relegates deviant bodies to the past—a teleology which situates non-binary bodies as the starting point of a trajectory towards full gender transition, which implies an adherence to the alleged gender binary. The cross-dressers of Fantasia Fair prove that this is simply not the case.

Mattie Walker

October 23rd, 2017

Mattie Walker is a student in the final stages of the Master of Arts program in the School of Child and Youth Care.  Mattie currently works with children and youth who have experienced sexualized and gender-based trauma, abuse, and/or violence.  

My research explores how young people utilize, learn, create, and engage with language regarding diverse experiences of gender including trans identities. As a Child and Youth Care practitioner, I believe that a stronger comprehension of how young people utilize language and engage in terminology creation within their social contexts can enable researchers and practitioners within the helping fields to be better equipped to help young people navigate the challenges that they may face. My Masters’ research explores how young people talk about gender online. This study provides a descriptive exploration into the many ways language is being utilized by young people to shape, evoke, and construct the diverse understandings of what gender means in their lives by analyzing data gathered through the social media platform, Tumblr. This inquiry shows that these young people create unique terminology to describe, discuss, define and share their engagement with gender categories and identities. The findings of this study suggest that a creative, nuanced, and flexible understanding of the ways in which the language and terminology shape and influences how gender is lived and then discussed within specific contexts both on- and offline, will greatly assist practitioners to support youth with this highly complex topic. I believe that exploring how young people utilize and create language regarding diverse gender experiences and transgender experiences as self-advocacy and self-empowerment will continue to add to depth of understanding of gender in order to influence policy and practice within the helping fields.