Brown Bag Lunch: April 27, 2016

Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel and Sarah Tobias
Comparative Literature
Rutgers University
195 College Avenue
12:00 - 1:30pm

Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities

From Caitlyn Jenner to Laverne Cox, transgender people have rapidly gained public visibility, contesting many basic assumptions about what gender and embodiment mean. The vibrant discipline of Trans Studies explores such challenges in depth, building on the insights of queer and feminist theory to raise provocative questions about the relationships among gender, sexuality, and accepted social norms.

Join Yolanda Martínez San-Miguel and Sarah Tobias for a brown bag discussion of their new edited volume, Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities. The book is an interdisciplinary essay collection that originates from an intensive year of programming at the Institute for Research on Women (IRW) during the 2012-13 academic year. It brings together leading experts in this burgeoning field and offering insights about how transgender activism and scholarship might transform scholarship and public policy. Taking an intersectional approach, the book bridges the gaps between activism and academia by offering examples of cutting-edge activism, research, and pedagogy.

YOLANDA MARTÍNEZ-SAN MIGUEL is a professor of Latino studies and comparative literature at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is the author of several books including From Lack to Excess: ‘Minor’ Readings of Colonial Latin American Literature and Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context.

SARAH TOBIAS is the associate director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, where she serves as affiliate faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in New Brunswick, New Jersey.