Book Panel on Histories of the Transgender Child
Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Annual Meeting
***Date and time TBA
This panel uses the occasion of the publication of Histories of the Transgender Child by the University of Minnesota Press to highlight how scholars working in transgender studies, ecological studies, childhood studies, queer studies, and theories of plasticity and the biopolitical body intersect with and diffract the book’s central conceptual and historical inquiries. Rather than straightforwardly reviewing the book, panelists will investigate their own current projects through their affinities, tensions, and dialogues with Histories of the Transgender Child.
Rebekah Sheldon (Indiana University Bloomington) will move across several recent works concerned with how children’s plasticity designates a historically and conceptually unique iteration of the racial, affective, and biopolitical forms of animate matter. Jean-Thomas Tremblay (New Mexico State University) will track convergences and divergences between Gill-Peterson's iteration trans of color critique and ecological and individuative models of subjectivity that proceed from the interplay between organism and milieu. Tremblay will examine, in particular, how such convergences and divergences shape narratives of individual development and historical flow.