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Trans and Gender-Expansive Geographies I

Type: Paper
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group, Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Specialty Group Highlighted Session
Organizers: Julian Barr, Theodore Davenport
Chairs: Julian Barr


Trans geographies has historically drawn from rich roots in trans studies, queer geographies, feminist geographies, and urban studies. In 2010, Gender, Place & Culture released a special collection on trans geographies calling for more geographic scholarship that engaged with gender beyond the masculine/feminine binary (Browne, Nash & Hines 2010). This collection explored trans spatial experiences in relation to queer geographies (Nash 2010), workplaces (Hines 2010), urban sites (Browne and Lim 2010), autoethnography (Doan 2010), and youth (Rooke 2010).

Scholarship within trans geographies have expanded in the past five years, with diverse work on the carceral state (Rosenberg and Oswin 2014), rural spaces (Abelson 2016), genderqueer geographies (Johnston 2016), youth and social media (Jenzen 2017), and experiences using public transit (Lubitow et al 2017). Despite this growth, scholarship on trans geographies has been underrepresented at the AAG, and no trans geography-specific session has occurred since “FQG: Trans* Geographies” in 2014. In this historical moment past the “transgender tipping point” (Steinmetz 2014), trans and gender-expansive people are highly visible yet experience transphobia in deeply spatial ways. Thus, there exists a great need for geographic scholarship that explores the relationships between space and transgender subjectivity. We hope this session will be a space to showcase the important work being done in this field and to imagine possibilities for the future of trans geographies. We also see this as a rare opportunity to connect the spatially dispersed academics conducting work on trans geographies in physical space.

Key Words:
Transgender, trans geography, LGBTQ, Two-Spirit; queer geography, feminist geography

Works Cited:
Browne, Kath, Catherine Nash, and Sally Hines. 2010. “Introduction: Towards Trans Geographies.” Gender, Place & Culture 17 (5): 573–77.
Browne, Kathe, and Jason Lim. 2010. “Trans Lives in the ‘Gay Capital of the UK.’” Gender, Place & Culture 17 (5): 615–33.
Doan, Petra. 2010. “The Tyranny of Gendered Spaces – Reflections from beyond the Gender Dichotomy.” Gender, Place & Culture 17 (5): 635.
Hines, Sally. 2010. “Queerly Situated? Exploring Negotiations of Trans Queer Subjectivities at Work and within Community Spaces in the UK.” Gender, Place & Culture 17 (5): 597–613.
Jenzen, Olu. 2017. “Trans Youth and Social Media: Moving between Counterpublics and the Wider Web.” Gender, Place & Culture 24 (11): 1626–41.
Johnston, Lynda. 2016. “Gender and Sexuality I: Genderqueer Geographies?” Progress in Human Geography 40 (5): 668–78.
Nash, Catherine. 2010. “Trans Geographies, Embodiment and Experience.” Gender, Place & Culture 17 (5): 579–95.
Rooke, Alison. 2010. “Trans Youth, Science and Art: Creating (Trans) Gendered Space.” Gender, Place & Culture 17 (5): 655–72.
Rosenberg, Rae, and Natalie Oswin. 2015. “Trans Embodiment in Carceral Space: Hypermasculinity and the US Prison Industrial Complex.” Gender, Place & Culture 22 (9): 1269–86.
Steinmetz, Katy. 2014. “The Transgender Tipping Point.” Time Magazine, May 29, 2014.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ale Romero*, Stanford University, Trans Latinx Migrant Geographies 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Nic John Ramos*, Drexel University, ‘The Dragons’ of Skid Row: Trans Policing and the Multiculturalism of Los Angeles’ “Open Air Detention Camp’ 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Rae Rosenberg*, , Queer productions of hegemonic gender: Femmephobia and transmisogyny in Toronto’s gay village 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Theodore Davenport*, University of Washington, Who cares? Trans experiences within and beyond hegemonic spaces of care 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Rachael Cofield*, Florida State University, Without Place?: A Dispersed Queer Community’s Response to Gentrification 15 12:00 AM

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