hey i got accepted to SEWSA 2012 and they forgot to tell me about it

just learned that i will in fact be presenting at the southeastern women’s studies association conference in fairfax because a prof saw my name in the program

yay, more or less; time to get the conference funding ball rolling real quick

anyone else heading down there?

brian massumi is

  • a political thinker i am enjoying reading right now
  • a soothing, coherent public speaker of fresh air proportions
  • fucking adorable
passing this CFP on; potentially triggering for sexist/transphobic language

TRANSECTING SOCIETY:
Critical Dialogues on Transsexual/Transgender Identities in Politics, Media, Activism and Culture

Date: April 12 & 13, 2012
Location: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Memorial Union Building (MUB)

Transecting Society is a two-day symposium dedicated to exploring controversial political topics related to transsexual/transgender identities in contemporary U.S. culture.  We welcome scholars, activists, artists, lawyers, performers, writers, non-profit workers and others who are interested in exploring the oppression of trans people in our society, and strategies for promoting our collective liberation and civil rights.

We are currently seeking abstracts on any of the following topics:

* Trans Identities and Feminism: histories of inclusion/exclusion, trans feminist theory and activism, trans feminist controversies, transphobia in radical feminism and anti-pornography movement, coalition-building in trans and feminist communities

* Trans Identities in Lesbian/Gay/Queer Communities: Gay, Inc., LGBT as coalition, LGBT non-profits and political organizations, gay transphobia, trans-exclusive legislation, ENDA, “coming out” as heterosexual after transition

* Trans Identities and [Pseudo]Science: GID reform, transvestic disorder, DSD, autogynephilia/homosexual transsexualism, the sexualization of trans women in pseudo-scientific literature, The Bailey-Dreger controversy, psychological/psychiatric gate-keeping, trans-“reparative” therapies for youth and adults

* Trans Terminologies: Debates on terms, labels, identities, language, e.g. transgender as an umbrella term, transsexualism as a medical condition, reclaiming the term “tranny”, usefulness of “cisgender” etc.

* Trans Media and Media Defamation : The Jerry Springer Show, “she-male” pornography, comedy skits, Ticked Off Trannies with Knives criticism and activism, journalistic accounts of anti-trans hate crimes, misgendering in the press, trans-produced film, photography and media with a radical agenda, trans in high fashion as the latest “trend” in capitalist entertainment

* Trans Blogosphere and New Media: Blogs, Blogging and Blog wars, Vlogs, internet radio, digital video, Youtube channels, digital activism, social networking, web sites, Second Life etc.

* Trans Identities and Race: Race, ethnicity, trans people of color, racism, white privilege, whiteness, racial conflict and division in trans communities

* Trans Activism in the Past, Present and Future: Stonewall, Compton’s Riots, Dewey’s Riots, Trans Pioneers, Sylvia Rivera, Marsha Johnson, Christine Jorgensen, gay historical imperialism, trans militancy, etc.

* Trans People in/and Electoral Politics: Trans folks and voting, trans people running for office, trans delegates, trans people in state politics, anti-trans campaigns at the state and national level, the so-called “bathroom bill” and political fear-mongering, etc.

* Critical Trans Politics and Social Movement Coalitions: racial and economic justice, disability rights, global and transnational issues, sex worker rights, elders, youth movements, adultism and ageism, fat liberation, prisoner rights

Please submit a 300-word abstract in which you clearly describe your research paper and how it relates to the themes of the conference.  Up to two submissions per person are allowed. Please send as a MS Word Attachment by February 1, 2012 to: transecting.society@gmail.com 
and include the following info as well: paper/presentation title, name, address, phone, email, institutional affiliation, and a brief bio.  Feel free to send queries to the above email as well.  Sponsored by TransGender-UNH and the UNH Women’s Studies and Queer Studies Programs.

Additional information about the conference will soon appear at: http://www.tgnh.org/id13.html   

why is there so much mediocre scholarship on _Orlando_

besttumblr:

this is day one of a many-day project of reading a huge body of Orlando criticism and already it is SO BORING

i do not mean that i am a better scholar than these people; i mean that clearly publish-or-perish is a stupid idea and that forcing people to publish means that everyone and their mom thinks up seven pages of junk about flower-symbolism and then phones that motherfucker in

from besttumblr
more re: kids in public; or, a thing i like a lot about my department

i really like that my department is mostly women, many of whom are mothers or sisters who take care of their younger siblings

and i really like these folks feel ok with letting their children/siblings hangout in the department while they study or meet with profs or use the internet

and i like that said kids are generally cool folks who are variously chill and interesting and cute and funny and smart, and i like their presence here

and, idk, interacting with kids for a few hours at a time a couple of days a week at my workplace probably does make me a less efficient employee, but so does tumblr and eating and friendships with other adults and bureaucracy and getting payed crap for my work, and the last two of those things aren’t even fun

even if they do sometimes ask awkward questions about why i have a big dark red mark on my neck or about why we have issues of a magazine called bitch on display for reading in the front office

eta: written b/c i just had an hour talking with a five year old about how carpets are made, and how cool aliens are, and how much easier it is to spell in spanish than english, and it was a blast

two-sentence presenter bio for a youth studies conference

Many would claim that [mewmew] is a member of the ‘Millennials’ generation, which is variously envisioned as over-coddled, super-connected, happily conformist, and reticient to assimilate into normative adulthood. [mewmew] isn’t so sure about the truth or utility of any of these claims about his cohort, and would rather enage and deploy more complex narratives about youths and youthfulness using a variety of feminist, queer, and leftist frameworks.

yup

transartorialism:

Damn, I could have gone to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and majored in Rural Studies with a concentration on writing.

<3

transartorialism:

Damn, I could have gone to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and majored in Rural Studies with a concentration on writing.

<3

from transartorialism
transartorialism:

from “Butler University vs. John Doe:  A New Challenge to Academic Freedom and Shared Governance,” by William Watts
[Yes, but also universities need to listen to their students and listen to their staff as well—if they were in on this sentiment that Watts is putting forth I’d be 110% behind his argument here. That said:]
This is the most frightening thing about the layoffs that are happening this week as my school.  Faculty, staff, and students have all expressed great displeasure at what is happening—faculty and staff the most of all, I would say, because students were kept deliberately in the dark and the timing of the budget crunch was so convenient.  But from day one, these cuts have been deemed non-negotiable and the administration has decided that they have the right to make decisions about what our school stands for and who is important to that defintion.
I feel sabotaged, set up to fail, totally power-played, and worthless in the eyes of my college both as an alum and as an employee.

yes

transartorialism:

from “Butler University vs. John Doe:  A New Challenge to Academic Freedom and Shared Governance,” by William Watts

[Yes, but also universities need to listen to their students and listen to their staff as well—if they were in on this sentiment that Watts is putting forth I’d be 110% behind his argument here. That said:]

This is the most frightening thing about the layoffs that are happening this week as my school.  Faculty, staff, and students have all expressed great displeasure at what is happening—faculty and staff the most of all, I would say, because students were kept deliberately in the dark and the timing of the budget crunch was so convenient.  But from day one, these cuts have been deemed non-negotiable and the administration has decided that they have the right to make decisions about what our school stands for and who is important to that defintion.

I feel sabotaged, set up to fail, totally power-played, and worthless in the eyes of my college both as an alum and as an employee.

yes

from transartorialism
I really can’t fucking stand Irigaray
do you ever have the issue where you’re not sure if you don’t understand something or do understand it and just think it’s a pile of ill-informed nonsense?
yeah
- there’s our catastrophe
from browcatastrophe-deactivated2013
re: suggestions that folks start a free university in atlanta as a response to terrible cuts in the hope scholarship
by: a cool person whose skill at distilling a lot of smart thoughts into a couple dozen words i admire and almost entirely lack

re: suggestions that folks start a free university in atlanta as a response to terrible cuts in the hope scholarship

by: a cool person whose skill at distilling a lot of smart thoughts into a couple dozen words i admire and almost entirely lack