New Books in the Arts & Sciences

Celebrating Recent Work by Jack Halberstam

Monday, January 22, 2018  4:30pm - 6:30pm Jerome Greene Annex

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New Books in the Arts & Sciences—panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty.

Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability
by: Jack Halberstam

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. 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.


  • Author

    Jack Halberstam

    Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Discussant

    Janet Jakobsen

    Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Barnard College

  • Discussant

    Che Gossett

    PhD Candidate in Trans/Gender Studies

    Rutgers University

  • Discussant

    Kate Bornstein

    Author/Performance Artist/Gender Theorist

  • Moderator

    Gil Hochberg

    Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies

    Columbia University


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