Inside/OUT Speakers Series

The 6th Annual Inside/OUT Speakers Series is proud to co-present: Trans Politics: Beyond Law & Order by Dean Spade, Assistant Professor, School of Law, Seattle University When: Fri, 23 October, 12pm – 1pm Where: Law Centre, Room 231-23

In the wake of Bill 44 legislation and the delisting of SRS, queer and trans issues in Alberta are becoming increasingly influenced by legal discourse. But, as Dean Spade's work shows, trans politics are also done "beyond law and order" in everyday and systemic styles of racism, classism, and the many disciplinary architectures through which we learn what our bodies mean. From prisons to poverty to psychiatry to post 9/11 surveillance, Dean Spade's version of 'trans' attends to the many ways in which gender is never a simply isolated identity or mode of discrimination. Dean is currently a professor at the Seattle University School of Law. He also founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in NYC, which provides free legal services to trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of colour. He has also taught on the subjects of sexuality, gender, and law at Columbia and Harvard.

Discussion Panel: "TRANS.assemblages: Intersectionality and Beyond" with Dean Spade, Lucas Crawford, Carol D. Allan, Lane Mandlis, and Val Napoleon When: Fri, 23 October, 3:30pm – 5:00pm Where: Humanities Centre L-2

Professor Spade's visit is sponsored by APIRG, Faculty of Law’s Equality and Respect Committee, Women's Law Forum, OUTLaw, Peace by Piece, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, Department of English & Film Studies, Faculty of Arts, and Trudeau Foundation.


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The Inside/OUT Speakers' Series, now in its 6th year and hosted by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, is designed to provide a venue for queer research, work, and ideas, from inside and outside the academy, to a general audience at the UofA and in the broader community.

This year's speakers' series entails more than 10 talks on a wide range of leading-edge queer research and contemporary social issues. Please visit our website for a complete list of speakers.