Transecting Society Conference (April 5-6, 2013 at UNH; Proposals Due December 1, 2012)

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Transecting Society Conference
April 5-6, 2013
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Deadline for Proposals: December 1, 2012

Call for Papers
Transecting Society is currently seeking papers on trans*-related topics. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

Trans* and Feminism
Histories of inclusion/exclusion, transfeminist theory and activism, trans*/feminist controversies, transphobia in radical feminism, transphobia in the anti-pornography movement, coalition building in trans* and feminist communities

Trans* in Lesbian/Gay/Queer Communities
Gay Inc., LGBT as coalition, LGBT non-profits and political organizations, gay transphobia, trans*-exclusive legislation, ENDA, "coming out" as heterosexual after gender transition

Trans* and (Pseudo)Science
GID reform, transvestic fetishism, DSD, autogynephilia, homosexual transsexualism, sexualization of trans* women in pseudoscientific literature, the Bailey-Dreger controversy, psychological/psychiatric gate-keeping, trans*-"reparative" therapies for youth and adults

Trans* Terminologies
Debates on terms, labels, identities, and language, e.g., transgender as umbrella term, reclaiming the term tranny, the usefulness of the term cisgender

Trans* Media and Media Defamation
Jerry Springer; "she-male" pornography; comedy skits; Ticked Off Trannies criticism and activism; journalistic accounts of anti-trans* hate crimes; misgendering in the press; trans*-produced film, photography, and media with a radical agenda; trans* in high fashion as a "trend" in capitalist entertainment

Trans* Blogosphere and New Media
Blogs, blogging and blog wars; vlogs; Internet radio; digital video; YouTube channels; digital activism; social networking; Web sites; Second Life

Trans* and Race
Race, ethnicity, trans* people of color, racism, white privilege, whiteness, racial conflict and division in trans* communities

Trans* Activism in the Past, Present, and Future
Stonewall, Compton's Riots, Dewey's Riots, trans* pioneers, Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Christine Jorgensen, gay historical imperialism, trans* militancy

Trans* People in/and Electoral Politics
Trans* people and voting, trans* people running for office, trans* delegates, trans* people in state politics, anti-trans* campaigns at the state and/or national level, "bathroom bills" and political fear-mongering

Critical Trans* Politics and Social Movement Coalitions
Racial and economic justice; disability rights; global and transnational trans* issues; sex worker rights; age, adultism, and ageism; fat liberation; prisoner rights and prison abolition

Please submit an abstract (300 words) in which you clearly describe your paper and how it will relate to the themes of the conference. Please send as an MS Word attachment by December 1, 2012, to and include your preferred name and paper title.

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