Join TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and co-editors Leah DeVun and Zeb Tortorici for the launch of TSQ’s new issue “Trans*historicities.” This issue brings together artists, curators, and scholars imagining a history of trans* before the advent of terms that scholars generally look to for the formation of modern concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality. Contributors — including Kadji Amin, M.W. Bychowski, Julian B. Carter, Julian Gill-Peterson, J. Halberstam, Asato Ikeda, Maya Mikdashi, Carlos Motta, Kai Pyle, C. Riley Snorton, Jennifer Wilson, and others — consider what we find if we look for trans* before trans*.
Leah DeVun is a historian, artist, and associate professor at Rutgers University. She’s the author of Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time and articles in Radical History Review, GLQ, WSQ, Osiris, and ASAP/Journal. Her artwork and curatorial projects have been featured in publications such as Artforum, Hyperallergic, People, Huffington Post, Art Papers, and Slate and at venues such as USC’s ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum, NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections, Houston Center for Photography, Blanton Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Leslie-Lohman Museum, among others.
Zeb Tortorici is an historian and associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. He is the author of Sins against Nature: Sex and Archives in Colonial New Spain (2018), and has recently co-edited two issues of Radical History Review on the topic of “Queering Archives.” He also edited Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America (2016) and co-edited Centering Animals in Latin American History (2013). His co-edited anthology Ethnopornography: Sexuality, Colonialism, and Anthropological/Archival Knowledge is forthcoming with Duke University Press.