Trans Memoir/Memory: Migrations and Territories of Racial Gender Becoming

Lecture | April 9 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Jian Chen, Assistant Professor of English, The Ohio State University

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Please join us for a HIFIS Transgender Studies faculty job talk:

Janet Mock’s coming-of-age stories as a Black and Native Hawaiian trans woman in Redefining Realness (2014) create points of transmission between cis-heterosexual civil society and emergent transgender, especially trans of color, communities in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Jian Chen’s talk situates Mock’s first book within the racial gender politics of literary memoir and dispossessed indigenous and racial lineages of cultural remembering and embodied belonging. In relationship with Mock’s storytelling, Chen’s analysis describes and mobilizes racial trans feminist strategies that subvert neoliberal structures of representation, while addressing the gender/sex system that secures the social body of the white settler U.S. nation-state.

Jian Neo Chen (they/ he) is assistant professor of English and director of Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Their research, teaching, and cultural work focus on transgender and queer counter-cultures in literature, visual culture, and contemporary theory and their reimagining and reconstruction of social movements and bodies. Their first book "Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement" will be published by Duke University Press this fall 2018. They serve on the editorial board of the Transgender Studies Quarterly journal. Chen was assistant professor/ postdoctoral fellow at New York University Gallatin from 2009 to 2011.