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Tagung: Politicizing Trans/Trans_forming Politics, HU, ZtG 25.-27.5.2012

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Centre For Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, in collaboration with InterGender (Swedish-International Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies), Linköping University, Sweden.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

This four-day workshop, lecture series and artistic exhibition is meant to initiate and develop an intensive exchange of different people coming from various fields of knowledge production theorizing and organizing around trans politics, issues and positionings. Leading questions are: how can trans be politicized and how can politics be trans_formed in favor/for of radical social change? It is basic to the workshop’s understanding that the interdependency/intersectionality of multiple discriminations and violence play a central role for all topics, events and approaches in this event.

It is the aim to start discussions and to come to know different perspectives, different media, political targets and goals connected to different daily living realities, necessities and struggles which are embedded in various social positionings and politics of locations of trans. The whole event is meant to engage in new forms of communication, exchange academic, political and artistic perspectives, and by that hope to enhance and deepen critical knowledge productions and politics about trans. In addition to that, the workshop is meant to enhance creative ways to connect different activists, organizations and institutions which want to work against discrimination.

The event will focus intersectional approaches of current issues of trans (politics) from different perspectives and areas of knowledge productions. There will be four interconnected blocks of open presentations and discussions in the mornings (10-12 am) and three smaller intensive workshops for 15 to 20 people each in the afternoons (2-5 pm) which highlight various aspects of marginalized knowledge productions on trans theorizing and activism. In addition to that, there will be a multimedia art exhibition and performance part during the whole event, contextualizing, reflecting and challenging the different forms of knowledge production even further.

In addition to that, there is an informational part on trans and sex work on Sunday and a closing event with different artistic contributions to the topic of trans, as well as a party.

The lectures and discussions in the mornings are open to all people interested. The workshops in the afternoons have a limited number of participants (15-20). There are a limited number of travel scholarships for international graduates.

PROGRAMME

Thursday, 24 May 2012

10-12 am Open lecture and discussion

Trystan Cotten: “Transgender Migration” and “Transsectionality: The Intersectionality of multiple migrations concerning trans”

Trystan Cotten is Professor of Ethnic and Gender Studies at California State University, Stanislaus.

Where? Humboldt-University Berlin; Auditorium, Jacob-und-Wilhelm- Grimm-Zentrum, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1/3, 10117 Berlin

2-5 pm Workshop

Trystan Cotten: Workshop on “Transgender Migration”

The workshop is open to 15-20 people. If you want to participate in the workshop you have to write a short motivation letter to transformingpolitics@googlemail.com, subject line: “workshop cotten” until March 15, 2012.
Venue to be announced.

Friday, 25 May 2012

10-12 am Open lecture and discussion

Elana Dykewomon: Making a way where no words for the way exist.

The lecture will investigate critical writing practices with a feminist focus on dyke_transgressive locations and relationships. It engages the possibilities/problems of language disruption in sexist/racist society and within dyke communities. How can linguistic practices be used, appropriated, re_assigned, re_signified and how can utopian linguistic spaces be created? She will examine how theoretical positions work out in practical application and the problems of how current states of destabilization (economic, political, emotional) create difficult climates for radical re_invention.

Elana Dykewomon has been a cultural worker and social justice activist for over forty years. She has published numerous critical essays and seven creative books foregrounding lesbian life, including the award winning Beyond the Pale (Sarahs Töchter). She was an editor of the international lesbian journal of arts & politics, Sinister Wisdom, for seven years and now offers private writing classes and editing through www.dykewomon.org.

Where? Humboldt-University Berlin; Auditorium, Jacob-und-Wilhelm- Grimm-Zentrum, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1/3, 10117 Berlin

2-5 pm Workshop

Elana Dykewomon: Workshop on “Dyke_transgressive locations and linguistic practices”
The workshop will focus critical writing practices with a feminist focus on dyke_transgressive locations and is based on the lecture in the morning. Participants will be asked to generate creative pieces for discussion from prompts, in order to investigate how we might open up new linguistic geographies. A willingness to engage in supportive processes of friction is essential.

The workshop is open to 15-20 people. If you want to participate in the workshop you have to write a short motivation letter to transformingpolitics@googlemail.com, subject line: “workshop dykewomon” until March 15, 2012

Venue: to be announced

Saturday, 26 May 2012

10-12 am Open lecture and discussion

Dean Spade: Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law
Groups facing violence and marginalization are often encouraged to seek redress through law. Critical legal scholarship and social movements have questioned this strategy, exposing the limitations and pitfalls of rights frameworks. How should trans politics engage with this dilemma? How are legal reform strategies, like hate crime laws and anti-discrimination laws, being used by trans activists? What other approaches to law reform are possible for trans politics? How can our resistance address the significant violence that trans people face in legal systems such as policing, prisons, and immigration enforcement? This presentation will address these questions and offer ideas and models for critical engagement with law reform as a part of trans resistance, especially focusing on how commitments to racial and economic justice can inform such engagement

Dean Spade is an Assistant Professor at Seattle University School of Law. Dean Spade teaches Administrative Law, Poverty Law, Law and Social Movements and Critical Perspectives on Transgender Law. In 2002, Dean founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color. While working at SRLP, Dean also taught classes focusing on sexual orientation, gender identity and law at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools. www.deanspade.net

Where? To be announced

2-5 pm Workshop

Dean Spade: Intersectional Approaches to Trans Scholarship and Resistance.
Why is an intersectional approach to trans politics necessary? What specific harms do trans people of color, trans people with disabilities, trans migrants and other criminalized trans people face in contemporary legal systems? What legal reform strategies are trans resistance movements centered in racial and economic justice challenging? Why? Which strategies are they developing? Why? What obstacles are confronting us as we develop this work? This workshop will address these questions, looking at specific strategies being used by activists aimed at helping highly vulnerable trans people survive current conditions, dismantling institutions of state violence, and building alternative methods for meeting our needs. We will also talk about how these strategies inform our scholarship and what intersectional questions and methods in trans studies require our attention.

The workshop is open to 15-20 people. If you want to participate in the workshop you have to write a short motivation letter to transformingpolitics@googlemail.com, subject line: “workshop spade” until 15 march 2012

Venue: to be announced

Sunday, 27 May 2012

3-5 pm Panel discussion and presentation by þevval

On the interconnectness of different forms of violence against trans people regarding the situation of trans-sex workers in Turkey and their organizing against police violence.

Venue: Südblock, Kottbusser Tor, Berlin-Kreuzberg

7 pm – open

Closing celebration of the workshop series with different artistic activisms on trans politics and trans_formations of politics and a party. By way of that, different forms of knowledge productions on trans are acknowledged and put into interaction.

Venue: Südblock, Kottbusser Tor, Berlin-Kreuzberg

INFO ON ADMISSION AND GRANTS:

The workshops in the afternoons have a limited number of participants (15-20). There are a limited number of travel scholarships for international doctoral students participating in the workshops. If you are in need of reimbursement, please enclose with your letter of motivation an account of your travel costs to the workshop. Please send it to transformingpolitics@googlemail.com

Time:
05/24/2012 10:04 – 05/27/2012 22:00
Location:
Centre For Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

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