The Center for the Study of Social Difference and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council are co-hosting a spring 2015 Keywords Roundtable Discussion on the keyword “trans.” The panel will examine the prefix, especially the suggestion of fluidity—of movement, identity, signification—it implies. Transgender is a key framing concept. In the domains of law, public health, and public policy, what challenges and possibilities are posed by transgendered subjects? And how is that question opened up if we think about transgender in relationship to other concepts that pivot on “trans,” such as translation, transnational, transportation?
Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California
Keywords: Interdisciplinary Roundtable Conversations is a series inspired by the innovative interdisciplinary scholarship promoted by the Center for the Study of Social Difference. The series draws participants together from a wide range of disciplinary homes in order to explore the various ways we think about fundamental critical/theoretical ideas and to generate new vocabularies and new methodologies. The WGSS Council is a network of leaders from centers, institutes, and initiatives at Columbia University dedicated to women's, gender, and sexuality studies.