CGF Higher Seminar with Z Nicolazzo
Z Nicolazzo (Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona, USA)
FEELING THROUGH TRANSPHOBIA: IMAGINING AN EDUCATIONAL ETHNOGRAPHY OF AFFECT
While previous research exposes the insidious nature of gender binary discourses in education, little work to date has explored the affective roots of these discourses. In other words, research has explored that the discourses exist, and what effects they have on trans and gender non-conforming students; however, there has not been substantive exploration of the affective roots from which these discourses grow. In this talk, Dr. Nicolazzo explores the possibilities of imagining an ethnography of affect to excavate how “regimes of expressivity” undergird restrictive notions of gender, as well as the discourses of racism, settler colonization, and compulsory able-bodiedness that affix themselves to notions of binary gender.
Z Nicolazzo, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Education with a focus on Trans* Studies. They work at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice, University of Arizona. They are the Co-Chair of the Transgender Studies Research Cluster. Their PhD thesis is published under the title Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, Stylus Publishing. Among others, they have published work in the Journal of LGBT Youth, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs, Journal of College and University Student Housing, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. They recently published the special issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education titled, "What's Transgressive About Trans* Studies in Education Now?"