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TRANSSOMATECHNICS AND THE MATTER OF ‘GENITAL MODIFICATIONS’

TRANSSOMATECHNICS AND THE MATTER OF ‘GENITAL MODIFICATIONS’ TRANSSOMATECHNICS AND THE MATTER OF ‘GENITAL MODIFICATIONS’ Nikki Sullivan In 2007 I was invited to present a keynote address at a conference entitled ‘Transsomatechnics: Practices and Theories of Transgender Embodiment’ to be held the following year at Simon Fraser University. Whilst I was thrilled by the invitation, I nevertheless felt a mounting sense of unease as the event drew closer. This stemmed in part from the fact that I do not really see myself as a transgender studies scholar. Related to this, what troubled me at a much more profound level was the bracketing off*that I imagined (incorrectly as it turned out) might be presumed or even expected at such an event*of ‘transgender’ theories, practices, and modes of embodiment from ‘other’ corporealities and somatechnologies. After much procrastination and a fair amount of angst, I finally sat down to write, bringing with me to my desk the call for papers that I had, until now, studiously ignored. What I read there truly inspired me, breathing new life into the questions and issues I have been researching for well over a decade now. The call for papers described the conference as a space in which we might consider existing transgender practices http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian Feminist Studies Taylor & Francis

TRANSSOMATECHNICS AND THE MATTER OF ‘GENITAL MODIFICATIONS’

Australian Feminist Studies , Volume 24 (60): 12 – Jun 1, 2009
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TRANSSOMATECHNICS AND THE MATTER OF ‘GENITAL MODIFICATIONS’ Nikki Sullivan In 2007 I was invited to present a keynote address at a conference entitled ‘Transsomatechnics: Practices and Theories of Transgender Embodiment’ to be held the following year at Simon Fraser University. Whilst I was thrilled by the invitation, I nevertheless felt a mounting sense of unease as the event drew closer. This stemmed in part from the fact that I do not really see myself as a transgender studies scholar. Related to this, what troubled me at a much more profound level was the bracketing off*that I imagined (incorrectly as it turned out) might be presumed or even expected at such an event*of ‘transgender’ theories, practices, and modes of embodiment from ‘other’ corporealities and somatechnologies. After much procrastination and a fair amount of angst, I finally sat down to write, bringing with me to my desk the call for papers that I had, until now, studiously ignored. What I read there truly inspired me, breathing new life into the questions and issues I have been researching for well over a decade now. The call for papers described the conference as a space in which we might consider existing transgender practices

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Australian Feminist StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jun 1, 2009

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