This is the class weblog of G205 Issues In Gender Studies: Trans Bodies Across The Globe, a course running in Fall 2010 in the Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University at Bloomington.

Site admin: My name is Dr. Aren Aizura, the instructor of this course and a Post Doctoral Fellow at IU Bloomington. Contact me here.

Here is the course description: This course investigates transnational understandings of gender variance and transgender bodies. How do understandings of the relationship between gender and sexuality change across the globe? How have terms like “transgender” been taken up outside the United States? How do migration flows and flows of knowledge transform gender variant life across the world? This course examines what tools we need to understand the lives of Indian hijras, Brazilian travestis, Native American Two Spirit, Thai kathoey or ladyboys, Indonesian tombois and trans people in the United States? We ask if terms like “transgender” and “transsexual” are useful to describe non-Western embodiments. We learn about contemporary gender variant social formations in South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, indigenous gender diverse communities in North America and the Pacific Islands, and diasporic gender variant communities in North America and Western Europe. We will frame our discussions of transgender social formations within historical, political, and economic contexts, and how transnational flows of global capital impact transgender and gender variant identities.

We will use this blog in a variety of ways:

  • to share links we find about weekly topics
  • write short blog entries about our responses to the things we learn about
  • write short reviews of films we watch in class
  • read each others’ posts, comment and keep discussions happening
  • host “guest bloggers” on particular topics throughout semester

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