PolySensorium is a group of scholars and artists who sponsor experiential knowledge creation in academic settings. For the 2016 Trans*Studies Conference, PolySensorium created a workshop based on the premise that knowledge, like gender, is simultaneously collective, imagined, and embodied. Academic conferences typically prioritize individual performances of more or less abstract ways of knowing. We especially appreciated the Tucson organizers' commitment to including activist and artistic participants. Because it's never only about ideas and never only about material practices, trans being offers rich opportunities to connect different ways of understanding change and agency. The things we do with our bodies are also things we know about how and where we can push the limits of the possible. And so our workshop was designed to explore shared, embodied forms of understanding and what these can contribute to trans studies.

We felt that embodied explorations...

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