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Public Lecture with Jack Halberstam: Unbuilding Gender

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Geoffrey Manton Building, LT4 (map)

QRNM is thrilled to welcome Jack Halberstam to Manchester for a lecture titled Unbuilding Gender: Trans* Anarchitectures in and Beyond the Work of Gordon Matta Clark! The talk will start promptly at 6pm, followed by a Q&A session and a short drinks reception.

Tickets are required but free:

Jack Halberstam is Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of six books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and, most recently, a short book titled Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance (University of California Press). Places Journal awarded Halberstam its Arcus/Places Prize in 2018 for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality and the built environment. Halberstamis currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING: QUEER THEORY AFTER NATURE on queer anarchy, performance and protest culture the intersections between animality, the human and the environment.

Unbuilding Gender: Trans* Anarchitectures in and Beyond the Work of Gordon Matta Clark

“Today, I want to think with you about the new politics of trans* as opposed to arguing for the new inclusion of transgender bodies in an expanded understanding of gender. The category of trans* takes the prefix for transitivity and couples it with the asterisk that indicates a wildcard in internet searches; it is a diacritical mark that poses a question to its prefix and stands in for what exceeds the politics of naming. So, to investigate trans* representation, as I will be doing here, is also to propose that something within trans* representations exceeds our current ways of framing gender variance. In keeping with older work of mine from The Queer Art of Failure, I will be arguing for the unmaking of the world and in relation to new work on wildness, I will explore anarchic modes of breaking down the structures that currently confine us.”

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