Below is the syllabus to the Seminar in Transgender Studies taught by Dr. Talia Mae Bettcher at California State University, Los Angeles. We have made available all of the readings which we are legally able to make available, and there are videos of all 10 weeks of the seminar.
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This seminar is a graduate-level introduction to the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies. Because it is a philosophy seminar, there will be a particular emphasis on theoretical issues.
Some of the questions we examine include: Who are transgender people and what do we want? What is transgender studies and how does it differ from other forms of scholarship? What is the relationship between (trans) politics and theory? What is transphobia? How does trans politics relate to feminist politics, to queer politics, and to anti-racist politics? What is gender? What is sex? And how do they relate to the self?
Stryker, Susan and Whittle, Stephen (eds.). The Transgender Studies Reader, Routledge, 2006 .
Bettcher, Talia. “Feminist Perspectives on Trans Issues” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,2009.
class 1: Introduction to Seminar
- Part 1: Intro | Part 2: Why? | Part 3: Careers | Part 4: Questions & Answers
- The panel was not part of the class, but Dr. Bettcher was on the panel and the class attended prior to the first class.
- Introduction to Course. “TG-101” Training (Bamby Salcedo)
class 2: Introduction to Transgender Studies
- Whittle “Forward” Transgender Studies Reader
- Stryker “(De)Subjugated Knowledges”
- C. Jacob Hale “Suggested Rules”
- Viviane Namaste “Undoing Theory”
class 3: The Empire Strikes Back & Medicalization
Surprise Guest: Karina Samala
- Sandy Stone “The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto”
- Spade “Mutilating Gender”
- Katrina Roen “Transgender Theory and Embodiment”
- Najmabadi “Transing and Transpassing Across Sex-Gender Walls in Iran” .
class 4: Ethnomethodology and the Natural Attitude about Gender
- Garfinkel “Passing and the Managed Achievement of Sex Status”
- Kessler and McKenna “Toward a Theory of Gender”
- Kessler and McKenna “Who Put the ‘Trans’ in Transgender”
- Currah and Moore “We Don’t Know Who You Are?”
class 5: Liminality
- Talk by Dr. Ben Bateman [This talk is not part of the class, but the class will attend.]
- PART 1 | PART 2
- Hale “Are Lesbians Women”
- Hale “Leatherdyke Boys and Their Daddies”
- Hale “Tracing a Ghostly Memory in my Throat”
- Hale “Consuming the Living”
class 6: Transphobia
- Namaste “Genderbashing”
- Juang “Transgendering the Politics of Recognition”
- Bettcher “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers”
- Bettcher “Full-Frontal Morality”
class 7: Inclusion/Exclusion
- Raymond “Sappho by Surgery”
- Riddell “Divided Sisterhood”
- Koyama “Whose Feminism is it Anyway?”
- Shotwell and Sangrey “Resisting Definition”
class 8: Race, Religion, and Culture
- Overall “Transsexualism and ‘transracialism’”
- Heyes “Changing Race, Changing Sex”
- Scheman “Queering the Center by Centering the Queer”
- Towle and Morgan “Romancing the Transgender Native”
class 9: Theories of Subjectivity and Identity
- Hausman “Body, Technology, and Gender in Transsexual Autobiographies”
- Meyerowitz “A ‘Fierce and Demanding’ Drive”
- Overall “Sex/Gender Transitions and Life-Changing Aspirations”
class 10: Phenomenology in Trans Studies
- Prosser “Judith Butler”
- Rubin “Phenomenology as Method in Trans Studies”
- Salamon “The Sexual Schema”
Bettcher, Talia, 2007, “Evil deceivers and make-believers: Transphobic violence and the politics of illusion”, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 22 (3): 43–65.
—–, forthcoming, “Full Frontal Morality: The Naked Truth about Gender”, Hypatia
Hale, C. Jacob, 1997. “Leatherdyke Boys and Their Daddies: How to Have Sex without Women or Men”, Social Text 52/53 223-236.
—–, 1998a, “Consuming the living, Dis(re)membering the dead in the butch/ftm Borderlands”, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 4 (2): 311–348.
–––, 1998b, “Tracing a ghostly memory in my throat: Reflections on Ftm feminist voice and agency”, in Men doing feminism, T. Digby (ed.), New York: Routledge, 99–129.
Heyes, Cressida, 2006, “Changing race, changing sex: The ethics of self-transformation”, Journal of Social Philosophy, 37 (2): 266–282.
Kessler, Suzanne and Wendy McKenna, 2000, “Who put the “trans” in transgender? Gender theory and everyday life”, International Journal of Transgenderism, 4 (3) http://www.iiav.nl/ezines/web/IJT/97-03/numbers/symposion/kessler.htm
Lugones, María, 1987, “Playfulness, ‘world’-travelling, and loving perception”, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 2 (2) 3–19.
Najmabadi, Afsaneh, 2008, “Transing and Transpassing Across Sex-Gender Walls in Iran”, Women Studies Quarterly 36 (3/4) Trans- , P. Currah, L Moore, S. Stryker (eds.), pp. 23-42.
Namaste, Viviane, 2009, “Undoing Theory: The ‘Transgender Question’ and the Epistemic Violence of Anglo-American Feminist Theory”, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 24 (3) 11-32.
Overall, Christine, 2004, “Transsexualism and ‘transracialism’”, Social Philosophy Today, 20 (3): 183-193.
—–, 2009, “Sex/Gender Transitions and Life-Changing Aspirations” in “You’ve Changed”: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity (ed. Laurie Shrage), Oxford University Press, 11-27.
Rubin, Henry, 1998, “Phenomenology as Method in Trans Studies”, GLQ 4 (2), 263-281.
Scheman, Naomi, 1996, “Queering the center by centering the queer: Reflections on transsexuals and secular Jews”, in Feminists rethink the self, Diana Tietjens Meyers (ed.), Boulder, CO: Westview Press, pp. 124–162.
Shotwell, Alexis and Trevor Sangrey, 2009, “Resisting Definition: Gendering through Interaction and Relational Selfhood”; Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 24 (3) 56-76.
Salamon, Gayle, 2009, “The Sexual Schema: Transposition and Transgender in Phenomenology of Perception” in Shrage.