Transforming Transgender Beyond American Borders: Cultures, Categories, Communities

Thu, Mar 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM | Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall (169 College Avenue, 4th Floor)

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The Tyler Clementi Center’s TSQUARED2 working group presents a lecture by Professor Martin F. Manalansan IV, “Transforming Transgender Beyond American Borders: Cultures, Categories, Communities.” Transgender discourses have often been underwritten by migration and travel tropes. Professor Manalansan’s presentation offers a genealogy of transgender identities through the lives of immigrants. Focusing on the life story of a Filipina transgender immigrant named Imelda, he examines the shifting and unstable grounds of sexual and gender identities in the face of precarious life conditions. How do we understand Imelda’s life and the predicament of transgender immigrants within frames of struggle, fabulousness, loss and pleasure? How do such lives enable us to re-frame our understandings of transgender and the limits and possibilities they offer?


Martin F. Manalansan IV is associate professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a leading scholar in LGBTQ studies. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003), the co-editor (with Arnaldo Cruz-Malave) of Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (New York University Press, 2002), and the co-editor (with Robert Ku and Anita Mannur) of Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013). He is completing a book manuscript entitled Queer Dwellings and co-editing two forthcoming anthologies, The Marcosian Era: Cultures of a Dictatorship in Late 20th Century Philippines and The Ever Loyal City: Manila and Its Global Discontents. He is the social science review editor for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and the co-editor of two book series: the Asian Canadian series at the University of Toronto Press (2011-present) and the Asian American Experience series at the University of Illinois Press (2009-present). He has served on the editorial board of American Anthropologist (2005-12) and on the advisory board of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the Graduate Center, CUNY (1999-present).


Engaging with the dual meanings of “transition,” the TSQUARED2 working group focuses on the college transition experience for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. The group continues the important conversations initiated by the Institute for Research on Women’s seminar, “Trans Studies: Beyond Hetero/Homo Normativities,” during the 2012-2013 academic year.


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