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|
|Time:||10:15 am (Session I)
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