“Gender (As Constant) Labor”: A Consciousness Raising Dialogue on Transfeminist Scholarship and Organizing
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AuthorWhite, Melissa Autumn
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AbstractThis co-authored essay draws on student research conducted for an upper-level course called Trans*Studies that was originally presented at the Seneca Falls Dialogues Conference in October 2016. Drawing on Jane Ward's generative concept of "gender labor", our Dialogue highlights the material effects of representational politics, and articulates the need to centre a transfeminist critique of normative regimes of power, including the representation of "women's" history in the United States.
DescriptionAcknowledgements: We are grateful to our classmates in LGBT 302 for making our Dialogue possible - Gwen Major-Williams, Yvonne Brieger, Raphaela Kramer, and Gemyra Greggs, and to the participants who attended our intervention. Bios: At the time of writing, Maddy Devereaux was a senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She graduated in 2017 with a Biology major and a Public Policy Health Care concentration minor. She is currently attending nursing school. Jason Kwong is a Posse Los Angeles Scholar and senior ('18) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is a Media and Society Major with a double minor in LGBT Studies and Entrepreneurial Studies, and is interested in the intersection between queer politics, social media, the internet, and pop culture. At the time of writing, Clare McCormick, originally from Staten Island, New York, was a senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She graduated in 2017 with a double major in Theatre and English, with concentrations in Theatre History and creative writing, respectively. She also holds a minor in LGBT Studies, and looks forward to a career dedicated to the promotion of queer theatre. Judith Schreier studies German as a Foreign Language and American Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She spent one semester abroad at the University of Stockholm in Sweden and one at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York to bridge her two majors. At the time of writing, Vincent Creer was a senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He graduated in 2017 with a double major in Public Policy and LGBT Studies. Vincent enjoys studying the intersection of gender labor, knowledge production, and queer of color critiques. After graduating, Vincent plans on working as an advocate for LGBT-friendly policies, prison abolition, and equitable representations of people of color in the media. Melissa Autumn White is Assistant Professor of LGBT Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she teaches Trans* Studies, Queer Theory, Sexuality and Space, Histories of Sexuality in the West, and the Introductory course. Her research focuses on queer migration and refugee sponsorship and resettlement. Her first book, Mobile Desires: The Politics and Erotics of Mobility Justice, was published with Palgrave Pivot in the fall of 2015.