CFP: Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (7/1/07; anthology)

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS/PAPERS =96New Trans/Gender Variant/ Queer Anthology


Please submit your writing via email to: or mail
to: Captive Genders Anthology 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504 Oakland, CA
*Deadline for submission: July 1 2007.**
                                                    Captive Genders: Trans
Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

Edited by Nat Smith, Eric Stanley

At least 65% of transwomen and 29% of transmen interviewed in a 1999 study
had been incarcerated in San Francisco, California [1]. Trans/gender varian=
and queer folks disproportionately experience the horrors of poverty,
imprisonment, and systems of criminalization. Along with race, sexuality,
citizenship, class, and all other markers of difference, gender must be
another central category for an understanding of the prison industrial
complex (PIC). Captive Genders seeks to offer some frameworks, theories, an=
dreams for unthinking these cycles. We see this project as an important
intervention in the emergent field of critical prison studies that will pus=
discussion past men and women in prison, toward thinking how gender and
sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of corporal captivity.

 Captive Genders will create a space to think the various ways the prison
industrial complex prohibits trans/gender variant communities from thriving=
Captive Genders will also explore ways in which we can challenge the very
real cultures of violence trans and queer folks experience without relying
on current state-sponsored systems that reproduce the same kinds of violenc=
they allege to end, such as the current push for "hate crimes" enhancement

There is a specificity of survival and power inside prison walls that we
want to be attentive to. However, we know the prison industrial complex
involves all aspects of state surveillance, policing and social control and
does not stop at the prison gates. So, we are also interested in work that
explores the punishment of transgender and/or queer bodies outside
traditionally understood spaces of incarceration.

 Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following;

Post 9/11 surveillance culture and queer / transgender lives
HIV in prison and surveillance of positive folks outside of prison
Cultural/social responses to violence against trans/gender variant and quee=
folks that rely on the State
Ways of building power and challenging the PIC
Queer sex and alternative gender formations in prison
Policing sex, gender and sex work
Social service/nonprofit denial of gender variance
The culture of sexual violence in prison and its links to gendered power of
the State
The marginalization of transwomen, particularly transwomen of color, by the
mainstream gay and lesbian community

The length of your work should be a minimum of 1,000 words. We would like
works that are written for a wide audience. Essays, papers, and creative
pieces are all welcome, but please no poetry. Also, please include a short
biography with your work.

Eric Stanley is a graduate student in the History of Consciousness Program
at UCSC and works with the radical queer direct action collective Gay Shame=
San Francisco. Eric is also the co-director, along with Chris Vargas, of th=
film, Homotopia.

Nat Smith is a member of Trans/gender Variant in Prison Committee (TIP) and
an organizer with the Oakland Chapter of Critical Resistance. Nat is also o=
the planning committee for Transforming Justice, the first ever conference
focusing on imprisonment and poverty and the trans/gender variant community=

[1] A study done by the Transgender Community Health Project, San Francisco
Department of Public Health, 1999<ht=
Also, we know "trans/gender variant" cannot gather up all the ways we live
gender, however we use it to signal the importance of

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