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Sensing Transgender: Ecstatic Passages through Cinematic Reality

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
CCSRE Conference Room (Building 360)
Interdisciplinary Working Group in Critical Theory
Meeting Description: 

In this meeting, we'll be discussing a section of Keegan's book-in-progress, "Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender," forthcoming from University of Illinois Press. Here, Keegan illustrates how the Wachowskis’ work has—from its earliest iterations in Bound and The Matrix—established an unfolding, mutually constitutive relationship between transgender consciousness and 21st century cinematic reality. Sensing Transgender uncovers how trans* subjectivity and popular cinematic aesthetics are historically and sensorially linked—each sharing an inherently speculative orientation toward what might come into perception. 

Cáel M. Keegan is assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies/Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University, whose research focuses on transgender phenomenology and the politics of popular media aesthetics

His respondent, Cameron Awkward-Rich, is a PhD candidate in Stanford's program in Modern Thought and Literature.Please contact for the pre-circulated reading