Trans Lives in French and Francophone Literature and Media

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2021
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Transgender representation is currently at an all-time high. Whether it be in cinema, literature, or social networks, the visibility of trans individuals has tremendously increased. ​Changes in culture have allowed the transgender community to feel safer in coming forward with their stories, and therefore, this new movement has been pioneered by trans women, trans men, and non-binary individuals. For example, Lexie, the trans woman behind the ​popular Instagram account Agressively Trans (@aggressively_trans), published the book Une histoire de genres in February 2021. Petite fille, a 2020 documentary directed by Sébastien Lifshitz has won several prizes in various festivals. Graphic novels ​that center transgender characters have also been published​, such as Justin in 2016 and Appelez-moi Nathan in 2018, ​and were met with positive reception. But the new awareness and attention given to transgender issues comes at a cost, however. Many different outlets, particularly within the news, have been transphobic in their coverage of the trans community. One of the more recent examples occurred at the end of 2020: due to their coverage of the young trans girl Lilie, the weekly news show Sept à Huit was criticized for constantly deadnaming and misgendering the little girl.

​Each of these examples ​provide different representations of the trans experiences. This panel seeks presentations that look at how transness is depicted in literature and media. How are transgender identities depicted in language? What particular tropes, if any, are used to display gender identities? ​What impact do these stories have on the real-life trans community? These are but a few questions that this panel would like to explore. It is open to representations of trans lives in literature and all types of media (movies, television series, social media, etc.).

Please send an abstract of 200 to 250 words and indicate if there will be any AV requirements. Submit abstract via NeMLA website: