This special issue performs a claim to trans futures—a claim that imagines the reconstructed social realities and worlds made possible through the materializing of trans times. Critical trans studies and trans political struggles intervene in the spatial-temporal orders that determine and regulate the borders of knowledge, life/death, embodiment, movement, and social value established to secure the heteropatriarchal white settler state, liberal civil society, and the territories of the national body. Trans studies and politics activate the multiple temporalities of body-mind-sense, social vitality, and memory embodied and imagined through gender by trans practices that exceed the spaces and times of the state, society, and nation. We use the term trans to recognize multiple embodiments, expressions, and identities of gender nonconformity and variance that surpass—and...
Times to Come: Materializing Trans Times
Jian Neo Chen (they/he) is associate professor of queer studies in the English Department at the Ohio State University. Their first book Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement (2019) explores the displaced emergences of trans of color cultural expression and activism through performance, film/video, literature, and digital media by the second decade of the twenty-first century. Chen serves on the editorial board of TSQ.
micha cárdenas, PhD, is assistant professor of Art & Design: Games & Playable Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her book in progress, “Poetic Operations,” proposes algorithmic analysis as a method for developing a trans of color poetics. cárdenas has coauthored The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (2011) and Trans Desire/Affective Cyborgs (2010).
Jian Neo Chen, micha cárdenas; Times to Come: Materializing Trans Times. TSQ 1 November 2019; 6 (4): 472–480. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/23289252-7771639
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