Trans and Gender-Expansive Geographies I

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group, Feminist Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 31
Organizers: Julian Barr, Theodore Davenport
Chairs: Julian Barr

Call for Submissions

We invite papers from a broad range of topics and especially encourage trans-identified geographers and people of color to consider presenting. We encourage work exploring (but not limited to):

Methods in trans geographies
Trans health geographies
Trans of color critique, particularly those drawing from Black and Indigenous epistemologies
Decolonial and postcolonial frameworks of gender
Trans carceral geographies
Gender nonconforming/gender variant, nonbinary, and genderqueer geographies
Trans digital geographies
Intersex studies
Rural trans geographies
Trans geographies of the Global South

If you would like to present please email Julian Barr ( and Theodore Davenport ( an abstract no longer than 250 words, including AAG ID#, for consideration by November 19th.


*This session was originally set for the 2020 AAG Annual Meeting but was postponed due to COVID-19.*

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 variant people are highly visible yet experience transphobia in deepy 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.

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 Theodore Davenport*, University of Washington, Historical geographies of trans care practices in the United States 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Rae Rosenberg*, University of Edinburgh, Spatialized imperatives of survival: Trans geographies of avoidance in Toronto’s gay village 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Lauren Perez Bonilla*, University of Connecticut, Dominican MSM in Online Spaces 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Chan Arun-Pina*, York University, Micro-spaces of (mis)Gendering: The Critical Potential of Trans-Pedagogy in Post-secondary Institutions 15 3:50 PM
Presenter Caroline Tracey*, University of California - Berkeley, In Line at the Registro Civil: Trans Deportees and Lives after Citizenship in Mexico City 15 4:05 PM

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