Jules Gill-Peterson: How to do the History of Trans Femininity

How to do the History of Trans Femininity
Mar 24, 2022, 12:00 pm1:20 pm
Zoom Event


Event Description

How to do the History of Trans Femininity

Is trans femininity part of the history of women, or the history of gay people? Is trans womanhood one subdivision of a general category of transgender, or does it have its own unique history? Is the trans prefix ultimately a Western word, or does it bear a global history in Black and brown tongues? This talk attends to the historiographical, political, and methodological questions involved in writing about trans femininity as a category with a history, challenging many of the conventions of queer studies, trans studies, and the history of sexuality.

Jules Gill-Peterson is an associate professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Histories of the Transgender Child (2018), winner of a Lambda Literary Award and the Children's Literature Association Book Award. She is also a General Co-Editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Program in Gender and Sexuality Series