This roundtable considers trans theory’s status as a site of thinking racialization, empire, political economy, and materiality in the current historical, institutional, and political moment. We ask, what does it mean to think trans in a time of crisis?, and what is the place of critique in a crisis?, acknowledging that global crises are not insulated from trans, and trans is not insulated from the world. This roundtable looks to materialist formations to think trans now, including a new materialism premised on thinking about trans embodiment outside of trans as subject position, the materialism of objects and commodities, and a historical materialism shaped by queer of color critique.
Thinking with Trans Now
Aren Z. Aizura is associate professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Mobile Subjects: Transnational Imaginaries of Gender Reassignment (2019) and coeditor of the Transgender Studies Reader 2 (2014).
Marquis Bey is assistant professor of African American studies and English at Northwestern University. Bey’s work concerns Black feminist theorizing, transgender studies, and critical theory. Bey is the author of the forthcoming book Black Trans Feminism.
Toby Beauchamp is associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices (2019).
Jules Gill-Peterson is associate professor of English and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Histories of the Transgender Child (2018). She also serves as a general coeditor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.
Eliza Steinbock is assistant professor of cultural analysis at Leiden University. She is the author of Shimmering Images: Trans Cinema, Embodiment, and the Aesthetics of Change (2019), coeditor of Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience (2020), and project leader of The Critical Visitor consortium, developing intersectional approaches for inclusive heritage (2020 – 25).
Aren Z. Aizura, Marquis Bey, Toby Beauchamp, Treva Ellison, Jules Gill-Peterson, Eliza Steinbock; Thinking with Trans Now. Social Text 1 December 2020; 38 (4 (145)): 125–147. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01642472-8680478
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