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The Clinic and Elsewhere Speaker Series: Susan Stryker, "Psychedelic Trans: Whiteness, Plasticity, and Socio-Somatic Transformation"

Susan Stryker, is an American professor, author, filmmaker, and theorist whose work focuses on gender and human sexuality. She is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, former director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, and founder of the Transgender Studies Initiative at the University of Arizona.
by Betsy VanNoy Jan 15, 2019
When Mar 21, 2019
from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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Susan Stryker, is an American professor, author, filmmaker, and theorist whose work focuses on gender and human sexuality. She is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, former director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, and founder of the Transgender Studies Initiative at the University of Arizona.

Speaker Series: The Clinic and Elsewhere: Critical Conversations on Trans and Intersex Wellness

Speaker: Susan Stryker

TitlePsychedelic Trans: Whiteness, Plasticity, and Socio-Somatic Transformation

Abstract: It may be mere coincidence that in the 1860s, one of the first cities in the United States to pass laws against cross-dressing was home to the first plastics factory in the United States, but since the middle of the 19th century, notions of transness, plasticity, and bodily transformation have been linked in popular culture as well as medical and scientific thought. This lecture, drawn from the forthcoming book What Transpires Now, develops the concept of a "plastic aesthetics" in order to extend recent work in trans studies on the relationship between race, whiteness, and the capacity for socio-somatic transformation in the direction of a psychedelic transformation of consciousness, by focusing on intersections of the human potential movement, psychedelic experimentation, and transgender medicine in the life and work of mid-twentieth-century trans philanthropist Reed Erickson.

BioSusan Stryker is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, as well as Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies; she also holds a courtesy appointment as Associate Professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.  She is the author of many articles and several books on transgender and queer topics, most recently Transgender History (Seal Press 2008). She won a Lambda Literary Award for the anthology The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), and an Emmy Award for the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (Frameline/ITVS 2005). She currently teaches classes on LGBT history, and on embodiment and technology. Research interests include transgender and queer studies, film and media, built environments, somatechnics, and critical theory.

The Clinic and Elsewhere speaker series is sponsored by the Gender and Sex Equity Initiative of the Rock Ethics Institute (REI) and is convened by Hilary Malatino, a core faculty member of the REI and Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State.