3/1/17:Talia Mae Bettcher Public Lecture: The Phenomenology of Illusion

Talia Mae Bettcher Public Lecture: The Phenomenology of Illusion

Wednesday, March 1 at 5 PM6:30 PM EST

UMass Amherst Campus Center Rooms 804-808

The Phenomenology of Illusion: On Gender Transitions and Existential Identity
A Public Lecture by Talia Mae Bettcher
Wednesday, March 1 5:00-6:30 p.m.
UMass Campus Center Rooms 804-808

“’What is gender transition?’ and ‘Why do trans people do it?’ In this talk, I explore these questions from a trans philosophical perspective. I critique both ‘born this way’ and constructionist accounts that centralize the notion of embodiment. Instead, I argue for a broader account that centralizes the notion of empersonment. This requires a new understanding of personhood in terms of interpersonal spatiality (closeness/intimacy and distance). I argue that gender transitions and the affective and cognitive investments that drive them can be seen as arising in resistance to the abusive system of interpersonal spatiality in which persons are constituted.”

Talia Mae Bettcher is a Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles and she currently serves as Chair. Some of her articles include “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion” (Hypatia 2007), “Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Re-Thinking Trans Oppression and Resistance” (Signs 2014), and “When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach about Sexual Orientation” (Journal of Homosexuality 2014). With Susan Stryker, she co-edited the Transgender Studies Quarterly special double issue “Trans/Feminisms” (2016). She is currently at work on the monograph “Personhood as Intimacy: A Trans Feminist Philosophy” (under contract with Minnesota University Press).

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and the UMass Provost’s Office present the third of four lectures in the 2016-2017 Trans* Studies Speaker series. The event is co-sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center, the UMass Department of Communication, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, the Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Program, and others.

This event is free of charge and open to all.

Accessibility: Both of the Campus Center’s two main entrances on the east and west sides of the building are wheelchair accessible. The building is also accessible via the 2nd floor of the parking garage. These three entrances lead in to the concourse, and there are elevators located at the center of the hall facing the south, opposite the campus store. The event will be on the 8th floor. There will be accessible seating in the front of rooms 804-808. For information about reserved accessible parking, please see http://www.umass.edu/transportation/reserved-accessible-parking. For any additional accessibility requests, please email Sonny by Feb 21 at snordmar@soc.umass.edu.

The fourth and final lecture of the Trans* Studies Speaker series will feature Dr. micha cárdenas on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Contact UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies for more information:www.umass.edu/wgss.

About Susan Forrest

LearningTrans.org, co-founder Los Angeles, County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force, chair Los Angeles, County HIV Mental Health Task Force, secretary
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