26 March 2018 from 15:30 to 17:00

Doing Gender Lecture by Jack Halberstam

On Monday 26 March, Prof. Jack Halberstam will give a Doing Gender Lecture, entitled 'Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Guide to Gender Variance'This lecture is part of the Doing Gender Lectures, organised by the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG) in cooperation with the Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP) at Utrecht University. The lecture will be chaired by Prof. Rosemarie Buikema.

Increased visibility of transgender issues

In the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. However, with this increased visibility has come not just power, but regulation, both in favor of and against trans people. What was once regarded as an unusual or even unfortunate disorder has become an accepted articulation of gendered embodiment as well as a new site for political activism and political recognition.

Meaning of the gendered body

What happened in the last few decades to prompt such an extensive rethinking of our understanding of gendered embodiment? How did a stigmatized identity become so central to U.S. and European articulations of self? And how have people responded to the new definitions and understanding of sex and the gendered body? In Trans*, Jack Halberstam explores these recent shifts in the meaning of the gendered body and representation, and explores the possibilities of a nongendered, gender-optional, or gender-queer future.

Prof. Jack Halberstam

About the speaker

Jack Halberstam is Professor of English and Gender Studies at Columbia University, New York. Halberstam is the author of six books including The Queer Art of Failure, Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal and most recently Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Guide to Gender Variability.

Start date and time
26 March 2018 15:30
End date and time
26 March 2018 17:00
Entrance fee
Free of charge