Celebrating Recent Work by Jack Halberstam

New Books in the Arts and Sciences

January 22, 2018 Monday, 4:30pm–6:30pm EST Jerome Greene Annex, Columbia University
  • Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
  • Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Laura Ciolkowski
  • Patricia Dailey
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

Listen to the podcast here.

New Books in the Arts & Sciences—panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty.

Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability
by: Jack Halberstam

In the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. However, with this increased visibility has come not just power, but regulation, both in favor of and against trans people. What was once regarded as an unusual or even unfortunate disorder has become an accepted articulation of gendered embodiment as well as a new site for political activism and political recognition. What happened in the last few decades to prompt such an extensive rethinking of our understanding of gendered embodiment? How did a stigmatized identity become so central to U.S. and European articulations of self? And how have people responded to the new definitions and understanding of sex and the gendered body? In Trans*, Jack Halberstam explores these recent shifts in the meaning of the gendered body and representation, and explores the possibilities of a nongendered, gender-optional, or gender-queer future.

  • Author Jack Halberstam Professor of English and Comparative Literature Columbia University
  • Discussant Janet Jakobsen Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Barnard College
  • Discussant Che Gossett PhD Candidate in Trans/Gender Studies Rutgers University
  • Discussant Kate Bornstein Author/Performance Artist/Gender Theorist
  • Moderator Gil Hochberg Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies Columbia University