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GSST 091. Seminar Transgender Subjectivities: History, Theory & Politics

Spring 2011 Seminar

The term "transgender" has become ubiquitous in early twenty first century academic debates about the nature of "equality" in democratic systems. Transgender is used to refer to a wide range of subjectivities including transsexuals, cross-dressers, drag queens and kings, intersexed people, hermaphrodykes, butch dykes, bi-gendered individuals, and those who see themselves as belonging to a "third sex", among others. The term transgender also encompasses a wide range of social identities and includes a political movement and a community that celebrates contestatory and non-unified subject positions. From a multi-disciplinary perspective, this seminar will map out the current debate on transgender theory as well as its cultural and sociopolitical articulations.

Required for GSST minors and special majors, and others by permission of the instructor.

2 credits
Spring 2011
Mondays, 1:15-4:00 p.m.
Prof. Luciano Martínez