Trans* Texts/Politics/Bodies, NeMLA in Hartford, CT, 3/17/16-3/20/16

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2016 will mark the tenth anniversary of the groundbreaking anthology The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge, 2006, eds. Susan Stryker and Stephen White). Since then, transgender individuals, issues, and politics have gained more prominence in the mainstream than ever before. In popular culture, openly trans actors, writers, performers, and activists are commanding respect and wider audiences – two of the most visible being Janet Mock and Laverne Cox. In 2013, the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) changed the description of being transgender from "gender identity disorder" to "gender dysphoria." The lead editorial in the New York Times on May 4, 2015, advocated for full civil rights for transgender individuals and inaugurated a new and ongoing series about trans* folks. Trans-themed poetry collections (e.g., Troubling the Line in 2013), novels (the Lambda awards have had a trans-specific category since 1997) and television (e.g., Transparent) have proliferated. And May 2014 brought us a new journal from Duke UP, Transgender Studies Quarterly. This panel welcomes submissions on the representations of trans* people or ideas in culture and the media. Possible topics might include: trans poetics; appearance of trans people on reality shows; performance vs. embodiment of gender; trans as it intersects with race, class, religion, ability, and/or age; relationship of trans to queer; trans feminism; trans and pornography; the role of autobiography/memoir; trans and athletics; visibility/invisibility.

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Abstracts (250-500 words) are due by September 30, 2015