Transgender Studies @ Duke

This initiative in the GSF program considers how the emerging field of Transgender Studies has implications for Gender Studies and for the Humanities in general. Funded by the FHI center, the project includes a funded lecture series on Transgender Studies + Humanities, pedagogical components, and a post-doctoral fellowship program.

 Transgender Studies + Humanities Series

The Transgender Studies & Humanities project is a series of events that asks:

  1. How does transgender studies reshape the structuring assumptions of humanistic inquiry?
  2. What are the potential contributions of critical transgender studies—meaning, in general terms, of a humanities approach to trans* existence—outside of the academy, such as to healthcare or advocacy?

Funded by the Humanities Futures Initiative at the Franklin Humanities Institute. Project Directors: Ara Wilson & Gabriel Rosenberg (on leave 2016-17).

Upcoming Events: Fall 2017

Tuesday September 5th, 5:30 PM, East Duke Parlors, East Duke Building

Dr. Eric Plemons, University of Arizona: Trans Medicine & the Making of a Woman

Wednesday September 6th, 1:30 PM, Duke Medical Center (invitational workshop)
Dialogue between medical staff and Dr. Eric Plemons
Co-sponsored with the Duke Child and Adolescent Gender Care Clinic

October 2017 GSF post-doctoral fellow Nick Clarkson, on contemporary transgender citizenship in a context of U.S. surveillance and security policy.

Trans* Studies Events Spring 2018

January-February 2018 GSF post-doctoral fellow Cam Awkward-Rich.

Past Events

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
Parlors, East Duke Building
Tuesday September 5th, 5:30 PM, East Duke Parlors, East Duke BuildingDr. Eric Plemons, University of Arizona: "Trans medicine & the look of a woman: Facial Feminization Surgery & the Aims of Trans Medicine."
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 3:00pm
Smith Warehouse - Bay 4, C105 - Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall
Transgender Studies + Humanities Series | Symposium on Race & Transgender Studies | Live stream link - |Co-Sponsored by Humanities Futures initiative @ the Franklin Humanities Institute, Program in Latino/a Studies in the... Read More »
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 5:30pm
East Duke Parlors
This talk will explore the case of Latisha King, a gender-transgressive 15-year-old who was shot and killed in an Oxnard, California junior high school by a 14-year-old classmate in 2008. Salamon will offer a phenomenological reading of the school and the courtroom to explore the paradoxical nature... Read More »
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:30pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke Building)
Transgender people, like other LGBTQ people, are disproportionality represented in the criminal justice system in the United States. Criminalization of LGBTQ lives frequently results in their incarceration, an imprisonment that may have consequences that are uniquely harsh on transgender prisoners... Read More »

2. Pedagogical Projects

Transgender Studies: Pedagogical Projects


Training in Trans* inclusion in the classroom, April 2017.
Panel & workshop on integrating transgender studies in the Gender Studies Curriculum, April 2017


Spring 2018:
First year seminar in Transgender Studies, GSF/SXL undergraduate course. Instructor: Nick Clarkson
Course in transgender narrative, poetics. Instructor: Cameron Awkward-Rich

Fall 2017:
Transgender cinema. Crosslisted with Literature.

Fall 2016, the Transgender Studies & Humanities project is supporting an undergraduate course, Introduction to Transgender Studies, (Lit 190S-04, WST, SXL). The instructor is Cole Rizki. 

Summer 2016, Duke Data+ undergraduate team, a summer project analyzing data from the 2008-09 National Transgender Discrimination Survey in the Data+ program hosted by iiD at Duke University. A video description can be found here.