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Writing the Past with Pronouns

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019. 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center
Feminist/Queer Colloquium 2018
Meeting Description: 

What is the future of transgender history?  What is gained by reframing archival records so that we might approach them through a nonbinary lens? What is lost? How does this method relate to feminist scholarship and its long investment in the category of woman? How do gendered pronouns function as both stabilizing and destabilizing forces in academic writing?

Jen Manion is associate professor of history at Amherst College and author of Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), which received the 2016 Mary Kelley Best Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Jen is co-editor of Taking Back the Academy: History of Activism, History as Activism (Routledge, 2004) and author of the forthcoming Born in the Wrong Time: Female Husbands and the Transgender Past (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Jen tweets at @activisthistory.