The Emergence of Trans

“The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Life is a must read for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of trans life, history, culture and politics.”

– Dr Asa Radix, Callen-Lorde Community Health Centre


Emergence of Trans finalFrom 2012-2014 I co-convened an ESRC-sponsored seminar series, Rethinking Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of Trans. Over the course of four events we brought together practitioners, patient groups, educators, researchers, community groups and activists to promote a collaborative exploration of gender and sexuality in the wake of emergent ‘trans’ discourses.

This book builds on the success of the series, and that of the related Sexualities special issue Trans Genealogies. Thematically organised, it brings together academic essays, poetry and comic art from an international range of contributors to address a range of questions pertinent to the emergence of trans lives and discourses.

The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Lives is edited by myself, Igi Moon, Kat Gupta and Deborah Lynn Steinberg. It features contributions from Mijke van der Drift, Rhi Humphrey, Bróna Nic Giolla Easpaig, Rachael Fox, Rami Yasir, Clare Bartholomaeus, Damien W Riggs, stef m shuster, Ellen Lamont, Clare Beckett-Wrighton, Kirsty Lohman, Elena Rose Vera, Natacha Kennedy, Eric Plemons, and Julian Honkasalo.

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IntroductionThe Many-Voiced Monster: collective determination and the emergence of trans [read for free]
by Ruth Pearce, Kat Gupta and Igi Moon

Chapter 1In the Shadow of Eugenics: Transgender Sterilization Legislation and the Struggle for Self-determination
by Julian Honkasalo

Chapter 2Reconceiving the Body: A Surgical Genealogy of Trans-Therapeutics
by Eric Plemons

Chapter 3Becoming: Discourses of Trans Emergence, Epiphanies and Oppositions
by Natacha Kennedy

Chapter 4the seam of skin and scales
by Elena Rose Vera

Chapter 5Creating a Trans Space
by Kat Gupta

Chapter 6DIY Identities in a DIY Scene: Trans Music Events in the UK
by Kirsty Lohman and Ruth Pearce

Chapter 7On Being a ‘Wife’: Cis Women Negotiating Relationships with a Trans Partner
by Clare Beckett-Wrighton

Chapter 8Sticks and Stones Break Our Bones, and Words Are Damaging: How Language Erases Non-binary People
by stef m shuster and Ellen Lamont

Chapter 9Response and Responsibility: Mainstream Media and Lucy Meadows in a Post-Leveson Context
by Kat Gupta

Chapter 10‘Girl Brain…Boy Body’: Representations of Trans Characters in Children’s Picture Books
by Clare Bartholomaeus and Damien Riggs

Chapter 11Make Yourself
by Rami Yasir

Chapter 12Co-producing Trans Ethical Research
by Rhi Humphrey, Bróna Nic Giolla Easpaig and Rachael Fox

Chapter 13Nonnormative Ethics: The Ensouled Formation of Trans
by Mijke van der Drift

Chapter 14A Genealogy of Genealogies – Retheorising Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of ‘Trans’ (ESRC Seminar Series 2012-2014)
by Igi Moon

Brilliant – captivating razor-sharp theory without pretence or obfuscation, this collection embraces the creative, playful, exploratory dimensions of scholastic enquiry. A vital and cohesive contribution to Transgender Studies within Social Sciences.

– Dr Ben Vincent, Open University

“This important book brings together key figures in contemporary trans academia, activism and art, to explore the notion of ‘trans’ in all its complexity. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to learn, from those who really know, about trans identities and trans lives. Its key message is one of hope, and at a time when trans people face a renewed backlash against their very existence, this text will nourish them and their allies for the struggle. This fascinating, multidimensional project is a model for the kind of thinking and politics we all need today.”

– Professor Alison Phipps, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Sussex

“‘The Emergence of Trans’ is a compelling read.  I was drawn into each chapter and eager to read each author’s contribution. The book makes for an insightful and thought-provoking read for all interested in the exploration of identities. With the flowering of trans identities this discussion has never been more relevant than now.

– Michelle Ross, cliniQ Sexual Health and Wellbeing Service

“The Emergence of Trans is a much-needed and multi-faceted exploration of how the meaning of trans has taken shape. A range of brilliant essays and artwork plot the breakaway of trans from a history of discourses that position trans as degenerate and pathological to become a term that reflects a myriad of identities and experiences today. It also looks towards the future, to the potential that trans holds to change the world for everyone.”

– Dr Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence