Gender and Sexuality Studies and German Studies Present
Jack Halberstam and Antje Rávic Strubel in Dialogue
December 5, 7PM
Trans*: Bodies and Power in the Age of Transgenderism
A lecture by Jack Halberstam
Dec 5, 7pm
This talk investigates desires, orientations, and experiences of the gendered body that are nestled within the elliptical modes of address that stretch between what can be said, what can be thought, and what feels possible if not probable. It is not a survey of transpeople, trans experience or trans politics so much as an account of the spaces between that have opened up as old classification systems give way to new and as gender norms, bodily practices and desires are reconfigured within new matrices of meaning, politics, violence and fleshly becomings.
Followed the next evening by
December 6, 5 PM
Into the Woods of the Human Heart
A reading by Antje Rávic Strubel followed by discussion with Jack Halberstam
Dec. 6, 5 pm
Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall
Renowned contemporary German writer Antje Rávic Strubel reads from her episodic novel Into the Woods of the Human Heart/In den Wäldern des menschlichen Herzens. Ein Episodenroman (2016) whose transman character was in part inspired by Halberstam’s work, making transmasculinity intelligible to a wide German literary audience.
About the Artists
Jack Halberstam is Visiting Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University and author of five books including: Female Masculinity, In A Queer Time and Place, The Queer Art of Failure, and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal. Halberstam is currently working on a book on queer anarchy entitled Wile Thing and a short book, Trans*, from which this talk is taken.
Antje Rávic Strubel has published six novels and two books of travel essays and translated the work of Joan Didion, among other publications. She is the recipient of such honors as the Herrmann-Hesse Preis and the Deutscher Kritiker-Preis (German Critics Prize) and writes regularly for major German newspapers and magazines.