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Conferences and Other Projects

Recent presentations:

Trans*studies: an International Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Embodiment, and Sexuality, Sept. 7-10, 2016, Tucson, AZ
Paper: “Gothic Gender and Skin Suits”

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Mar. 17-20, 2016, Harvard University
Seminar: Monsters: Theory, Translation, Transbiology
Paper: “Gender Dysphoria and The Monster: Trans-lating Frankenstein

Clifford Symposium 2015: The “Good” Body

Lecture: “‘Have You Seen Him As Her?’: Gender, Clothes, and the Body in ABC’s Guided Tour of Caitlyn Jenner’s Closet” — 41 minutes in:


Clifford 2015 poster

Conference Organization:

at Middlebury


Punishing Bodies

at Emory

3rd annual studies in sexualities graduate conference (2012): Queering/Embodying: Materiality Beyond Identity (Conference Program – pdf)



Passing Moments: FTM-bodies in contemporary transgender photography (ye olde “Magister” thesis, 2006)


This Magister thesis takes as its object images of FTM-bodies in transgender photogra­phy, which has flourished since the mid-1990s as a (sub-)cultural practice that raises issues of gendered passing/visibility, looking relations, embodiment, identity, and community. Passing Moments examines pertaining visual (and textual) strategies in pictorials/books and individual photographs by three artists, namely Loren Cameron, Del LaGrace Volcano, and Dean Kotula, from an American Studies – rather than, e.g., an art historic – perspective. On the basis of some theoretical considerations of photography, passing, and community, my thesis offers a threefold answer to the question of what subcultural work such images of FTM-bodies perform. With the help of close readings of various photographic examples, it lays out, first, an ethics/aesthetics of self-portraiture, and, secondly, subcultural reception as two community-building practices. Thirdly, it shows how these images photo­graph transmen into existence, negotiating the tension between masculine realness and trans visibility.

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