3rd Biennial /1st Virtual Conference of the Trans Philosophy Project

Thinking Trans // Trans Thinking Conference

October 22-24, 2020

University of Texas, Austin

Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline: July 6, 2020


Keynote: Cameron Awkward-Rich

Presentations engaging trans experiences and perspectives from any theoretical approach are welcome. Priority will be given to submissions of intersectional work focused on trans experience or, when relevant, the experience of those self-reflectively allied with trans people. Preference will be given to participants who self-identify as trans (broadly construed). We will accept both individual and group proposals for virtual presentations. While our organizing committee itself only has the capacity to review proposals submitted in English, we welcome presentations in any language (spoken, written, signed). 

Our aim with this virtual conference is to simultaneously facilitate sustainable global community and support localized IRL gatherings in cities and towns across the U.S. and the world. As we innovate in the midst of a pandemic, we encourage proposals that take advantage of the possibilities for accessibility and experimentation offered by online tools. 

Topics to consider may include, but are not limited to:

  • Trans resilience and resistance in times of crisis
  • Trans experiences at the intersections of race, class, sexuality, disability, incarceration, religion, nationality, coloniality, etc. 
  • Trans of color critique / queer of color critique
  • Trans terminologies/perspectives/narratives/methodologies/epistemologies
  • Transfeminisms/queer feminism/trans theory and ecofeminism
  • Decolonial transfeminisms and the coloniality of gender/temporality
  • Two-spirit identity/Indigenous communities and histories of resistance 
  • Transnational and non-Eurocentric framings of embodiment, kinship, and erotic life
  • Nonbinary/gender nonconforming/agender identities and experiences
  • Barriers/borders/thresholds; liminality/fluidity/alterity/ambiguity
  • State violence/imperial expansion/militarization/trans political theory
  • Pathologization/normalization/administrative violence 
  • Health/medical industrial complex/post-colonial medical tourism/trans bioethics
  • Academic obstacles for trans flourishing/scholarship/pedagogy
  • Trans theory and disability studies/crip critique
  • Trans experiences of sexuality/eros/affect 
  • Sex work/informal economies/global capitalism
  • Trans representation/popular media/aesthetics
  • Transphobia/cisnormativity/privilege
  • Trans labor and capitalism

Please send your submission for anonymous review to transphilosophyproject@gmail.com by July 6, 2020. 

Please submit a completed individual or panel abstract of no more than 500-750 words for anonymous review. Please clearly mark your submission as a panel submission both in the body of the e-mail and on the submission itself. A separate title page with identifying information of the author(s), including electronic address, paper title, and brief author bio(s) should also be submitted.

In an attempt to ensure that those who are underfunded or lack adequate financial support are able to participate, we will be providing a limited number of scholarships to students and underemployed academics and activists. Please note in your email if you would like to be considered for a scholarship.

If you have any questions about the conference, please email the conference organizers Grayson Hunt (graysonhunt@austin.utexas.edu), Perry Zurn (pzurn@american.edu), and Tamsin Kimoto (b.tamsin.kimoto@emory.edu).

Event sponsored in part by the LGBT Studies Program at University of Texas, Austin.

You can also access a pdf version of the CFP here.