Trans Studies – Material and Methodologies
With which themes is the emerging field of Transgender Studies engaging and how are they investigated in currently ongoing academic work in the northern context? In this mini-symposium, three visiting scholars at the Centre for Gender Studies and one local scholar will discuss their research by way of presenting a crucial element of their material, e.g. a quote, an image, or a film sequence, in order to discuss their research methodologies through its exploration. If you are interested in attending, please send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org
14:15 – 15:10 france rose hartline and Luca Tainio
15:30 – 16:20 Max van Midde and Wibke Straube
16:30 – 17:00 Common discussion
france rose hartline is a doctoral student at NTNU in Gender Studies. His research is on
trans* experiences in Norway, with a focus on the impact of the 2016 law reform which allows for juridical sex self-declaration. He also works as an artist and activist with his colleague, Helle Grøndahl, in their ongoing project, ArtGenderArt.
Luca Tainio is a doctoral student in Gender Studies at the University of Tampere. His doctoral thesis explores the connections between gender and queer bodies and anarchism in the experiences of transgender activists. He is interested in the ways in which one´s gender expression is connected to (other) forms of anarchist activism and political goals, and in the different spaces queer-anarchist collectives and communities leave for non-normative, non-cis gender expressions.
Max van Midde, an Indo trans guy, is an independent doctoral researcher involved in exploring the complexities of the experienced corporeality of trans people. He uses a new materialist perspective on matter and materiality to soften taboos around the materiality of trans embodiments, and focuses in particular on how trans people create spatiotemporal realities on the borderlands of race and gender. His focus is on how trans people relate to the past, present, and future, not merely in a linear understanding, but through the concepts of intra-actions and Baradian phenomena.
Wibke Straube is a senior lecturer at Karlstad University working in the field of visual cultural studies and trans embodiment. In their ongoing research they focus on ethics developed in environmental art and its relationality with transgender and gender dissident bodies in human and more-than-human encounters.