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Transpedagogy Roundtable

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Feminist/Queer Colloquium 2018
Meeting Description: 

Transpedagogy provides possibilities for teaching and learning through radical engagement with historical evidence, contemporary art, law, activism, and more. What are the challenges facing faculty who teach trans content? This roundtable on transpedagogy will address theoretical and practical issues in teaching classes on inclusion and exclusion. This session will also address questions related to the Feminist/Queer workshop more broadly, including paying due attention to the lived experience of individuals while placing them within broader disciplinary trends, and evaluating how language has the potential to both help and fail teachers in the classroom. Please join us as Professors Maxe Crandall, Heather Hadlock, and Matthew Sommer share their experiences and approaches in a discussion moderated by PhD candidate Madihah Akhter.

Madihah Akhter is a PhD candidate in history, focusing on modern South Asian history. She is also completing a PhD minor in the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She received a Master’s in history from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s in history from UCLA. At Stanford, she is associated with the Abbasi Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for South Asia. Her research and teaching interests include modern South Asia, gender, queer and transhistory, and global history. Her doctoral dissertation, tentatively titled "In Her Own Right: Sovereignty and Gender in Princely Bhopal, 1901-1926," explores the mutual dependencies and contestations of sovereignty between princely rulers and imperial administrators in the 20th century. Specifically, her work excavates the possibilities of princely sovereignty in Bhopal under the direction of its ruler, Sultan Jahan Begum (r. 1901-1926). Bhopal, located in central India, was the only princely state under female rule in the 20th century and was the second largest Muslim princely state in India. The project interrogates the conceptual and practical articulations of "in her own right" through gendered space, history writing, anticolonialism, symbolism and succession. In June 2016, she received the Diane Middlebrook Graduate Teaching Prize for her role as a teaching assistant for FemGen 101: Intro to Feminist and LGBTQ Studies. 

Maxe Crandall is a lecturer in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Stanford University. Maxe works in the intersections of transgender studies and experimental poetics and performance. His current project is a critical biography of Gertrude Stein titled Gertrude Stein and Men. His novel about AIDS archives, The Nancy Reagan Collection, will be out early next year from Futurepoem Books. His play Together Men Make Paradigms (Yo-Yo Labs 2014) was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award. Additional creative work includes the play Underwater Wedding, the poetry chapbook Emoji for Cher Heart (Belladonna 2015), and poetry and essays in SFMOMA's Open Space, Jacket2, the Recluse, Troubling the Line, and The Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Recent academic publications include Symptom (Women & Performance) and Moving Transgender Histories (TSQ) co-authored with Selby W. Schwartz. Prior to Stanford, Maxe developed and co-directed the Readings in Gender and Sexuality Program in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University (2012-2015). Previous academic appointments include assistant professor in English at Temple University (2010-2012), and the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Georgia Institute of Technology (2007-2010). Maxe holds a PhD in English and gender studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Heather Hadlock studies 18th and 19th century French and Italian opera, with a focus on changing norms for representing masculinity in opera on 19th century stages and in contemporary productions of classic operas. Her research repertoire encompasses Italian bel canto opera, Berlioz, Offenbach, operatic masculinities, opera in the age of its digital mediation, and divas and technology. She approaches operatic voices and performance through feminist theories of difference, vocality, and embodiment; gender and sexuality studies; and dynamics of adaptation between opera, literature, and video. She has directed Stanford's interdisciplinary Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and served on the Phiip Brett Award Committee and the board of the AMS LGBTQ Study Group. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Nineteenth-Century Music.

Matthew Sommer’s research focuses on sexuality, gender relations, chosen kinship, and law during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), and the main sources for his work are legal cases from central and local archives in China.  He also likes to use popular fiction and other non-legal sources for historical research. His first book, Sex, Law, and Society in Late Imperial China, is primarily a legal history, but more recent projects use legal cases to explore social historical topics as well. His second book, Polyandry and Wife-Selling in Qing Dynasty China: Survival Strategies and Judicial Interventions, was published in September 2015. He is now completing his third book, which analyzes male same-sex relations and masculinity in 18th century China on the basis of some 1,700 relevant cases. Long-term plans include a fourth book, about criminal procedure in the Qing dynasty.

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