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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

A Trans* Masculine Feminist Politics of Flourishing and Interrogation

This thesis presentation draws from sociological, literary, and feminist hybrid methodologies to enact an interdisciplinary analysis of students’ articulations of community within the Women/Gender Studies Program at The College at Brockport. In order to subvert traditional colonizing researcher/researched power dynamics, the researcher’s own positionality as a trans* masculine queer identified person is contextualized within broader networks of power throughout this analysis. Through focus group interviews and gender art workshops, “flourishing” (Berlant 2011) - as it is deployed in this project - establishes a re-conceptualization of gender-as-environment, one that is expansive, permeable, and stretching (as a practice of resisting inscriptions of dominance), and that relies on political movements such as anti-racism, immigrants’ rights, queer activism, post-structuralist feminism, worker’s rights, and disability activism. This presentation concludes with the argument that feminist communities would benefit from a political/academic coalition between trans/queer theories currently constructed in opposition within contemporary research and praxis of traditional disciplines.

Presenter: Ashley McKay (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 10:15 am (Session I)
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