GSWS Stryker lecture


The Transgender Turn

March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014
6:30 pm Reception
7 pm Lecture

SFU Segal Building
500 Granville Street

The Margaret Lowe Benston Endowment Lecture Series

The Transgender Turn

It seems that "transgender" is everywhere one turns these days--whether in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, to legislative battles for civil rights in a dozen US states, to fashion spreads in major magazines, to ongoing outrages over the latest high profile act violence again one of the most marginalized communities in the North America. What is to be made of transgender's wildly uneven reception in the contemporary cultural landscape? In this public lecture, historian, theorist, and filmmaker Susan Stryker offers her take on the political trajectory of transgender since the mid-twentieth century, current conditions, and future prospects. 

Susan Stryker is Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, and Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, at the University of Arizona, where she is coordinating an unprecedented faculty cluster hire in transgender studies. In addition to numerous field-defining essays, she is also co-editor of The Transgender Studies Reader (winner of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award), and The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (winner of the 2013 Ruth Benedict Book Prize). She co-directed the Emmy-winning documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (2005). Her latest projects are launching TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, a new peer-reviewed journal set to begin publication later this year, and an experimental multi-media work called Christine in the Cutting Room, that uses he life of 1950s transsexual celebrity Christine Jorgensen to explore the relationship between embodiment, technology, and representation.

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