CFP: [International] International Symposium on Trans Cinema Studies

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Eliza Steinbock
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International Symposium on Trans Cinema Studies

19th May 2009 at the University of Amsterdam
Co-sponsored by T-Image Foundation and The Amsterdam School for Cultural
Analysis Convened by Eliza Steinbock, PhD Candidate at ASCA and board
member of T-Image Foundation

Taking place in conjunction with the Netherlands Transgender Film Festival
20-24 May 2009 at de Balie Cultural Center

In celebration of our 5th bi-annual festival, we will convene a full day
of debate amongst scholars, filmmakers, the transgender community, and
festival attendees. We imagine this symposium to be both reflective and

Susan Stryker (visiting Professor, Harvard University and Associate
Professor Gender Studies, Indiana University) will present her
groundbreaking work on Christine Jorgenson, a transsexual celebrity and
filmmaker, as well as lead the closing plenary.

We invite 20 min. presentations from scholars and/or professionals in the
field. In the interest of staking out some of the concerns of “trans
cinema studies,” we suggest the following issues:

History: in what ways have gay and lesbian television, cinema and
festivals enabled trans visibility; what are the histories of other
avenues of emergence; in what ways have film festivals shaped the films
that have been made?;

Accessibility/Distribution: what might we do about the identity ‘problem’
facing trans film festivals, which as a platform for trans cinema are
sidelined as being too specialist or become redundant as more queer film
festivals curate a trans program; what are the implications of greater or
lesser distribution for certain films at festivals and elsewhere?

Reception: what work do (trans) viewers perform on films to make them
trans, read them as trans, to make the films work in particular ways; what
is at stake in trans perceptibility and how might we understand it?

Film Craft: to what extent have techniques and strategies from queer and
feminist film been incorporated into trans cinema and vice versa;
is ‘transness’ in the director, content, conventions/expectations, the
market, or?;

Genre: which genres has trans representation tapped into and why; which
genres have not yet been explored; might trans cinema be an expansive term
to include experimental cinema (new languages and strategies)?;

Representation: what are the dominant and subjugated models of trans
representation, especially in terms of the politics of nation, race, age,
sexuality, and class; what kinds of shifts have occurred in terms of films
with MTF or transfeminine characters and films with FTM or transmasculine

Film Theory: how might feminist film theory overlap with trans film
theory; do we mean ‘trans’ as a concept or a practice; what methods of
film analysis and film history does trans cinema render obsolete; what
tools of analysis does trans cinema call for and suggest?

Interdisciplinarity: in what ways might transgender/transsexual practice
and cinema relate?; how might shared concepts, such as, duration,
narrative, technology expand and enrich both fields of study?;

Please submit a 250 word abstract of your intended paper
and a biographical note.
Send to Eliza Steinbock <>
by 1 February 2009.
We look forward to your response and hope to see you in May!

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