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Other Times and Other Places of Trans and Queer Literature

Other Times and Other Places of Trans and Queer Literature

Where do contemporary trans and queer stories typically unfold, and why is the focus often on present-day United States? Can these narratives be set in other times and places, and if so, why is it uncommon? Join us for a discussion with Maya Deane, Dr. Anna Kurowicka, and Dr. Kornelia Sobczak as we delve into these questions.

February 26, 2024
18.00–19.30
Warsaw

Let's discuss trans and queer literature

Western modernity is what forms the backdrop for much of contemporary trans and queer literature. Classic books such as Nevada by Imogen Binnie, Little Fish by Casey Plett, or Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai-Cheng Thom vividly depict the (more or less fantastical) realities of contemporary North America. Even one of the most well-known trans novels, Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, follows suit by unfolding trans life in the present-day United States. Trans and queer narratives seem to be intertwined with the West and the present so profoundly that it is difficult to imagine different approaches.

However, these different approaches are indeed possible.

Our upcoming event, "Other Times and Other Places of Trans and Queer Literature," explores such possibilities: How can we tell the story of queer and trans life outside of Western modernity? How can we create space for narratives set in ancient Egypt during the age of Atenism, in the Greek heroic age, or in contemporary Polish residential tower blocks? We aim to discuss the potential for different approaches. What challenges and opportunities arise when trans and queer literature ventures beyond the geographical and temporal boundaries usually imposed on it? How does it engage with the complexity of the gendered and sexually diverse past? How do capitalist market pressures and prevailing notions of queer and trans lives shape this discourse? Could Achilles have been a trans girl?

These questions, and more, will be the focus of our discussion, led by Dr. J. Szpilka at SWPS University in Warsaw.

The event will be held in English.

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Panelists

Maya Deane
 
Maya Deane
is the author of the critically acclaimed transgender historical fantasy Wrath Goddess Sing (William Morrow, 2022), nominated for the 2023 Lambda Literary Awards. She teaches creative writing, fantasy literature, and memetics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the US. Her short story was published in the anthology Fit For the Gods, and the upcoming publications Embodied Exegesis and Amplitudes will also feature her work.
Anna Kurowicka
Anna Kurowicka
Ph.D.
She has dedicated her academic career to exploring gender, sexuality, and popular culture. Currently, she is researching how asexuality is represented in American pop culture. Her focus is on the intersection of asexuality with race, gender, and (dis)ability. This work is part of her 2021-2024 National Science Center "Sonata" grant. She has previously shared her research on this topic in journals like Feminist Formations, Fat Studies, Secondary Texts, and Studia de Cultura. She has also contributed chapters to monographs published by Palgrave Macmillan and Routledge. Since 2014, she has regularly participated in the US National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) conferences. From 2019 to 2021, she served as co-chair of the Asexuality Studies Interest Group established within the NWSA.
Kornelia Sobczak
Kornelia Sobczak
Ph.D.
They hold a Ph.D. in cultural studies and are particularly interested in 20th-century Polish culture, with a focus on youth and popular culture. They are a co-author of the book The Chopin Games. History of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 1927-2015 and a member of the editorial team of the Polish monthly contemporary drama magazine Dialog.

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Time and location

February 26, 2024 (Monday), 18:00–19:30
SWPS University in Warsaw, Chodakowska 19/31, room S206

Contact

J. Szpilka
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