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2013

 

Groping Theory: Haptic Cinema and Trans-Curiosity in Hans Scheirl’s “Dandy Dust”. The Transgender Studies Reader Volume 2. Book Chapter.

6. Image -Dandy flying_GropingExcerpt:
“In the film’s companion text, “Manifesto for the Dada of the Cyborg-Embrio,” Scheirl explains that the proper pronoun for Dandy Dust is neither she nor he, but rather cy, short for cyborg. Scheirl’s hormonal “experiments,” as he called them, as well as Dandy Dust’s experimental style, together articulate a form of “ethologic” research in the vein of Baruch Spinoza, who stated once that “we do not yet know what a body can do.” In testing and experimenting with encounters that redefine the body’s experiences of motion and rest, its capacity to affect and be affected by other bodies, the film poses the question, “what can a body do, or be made to do?” within the mediated and ideological contexts of contemporary cinema. Like its shape-shifting protagonist, the film jumps genres–from science fiction, to mystery, to horror, to splatter, to porn. It refuses to maintain a singular gender identity or, for that matter, embodiment for its lead character, who appears on-screen as a young boy of color, an older Caucasian tomboy, a talking flame, and a dusty mummy. The stable characteristic of Dandy Dust, the character, as well as Dandy Dust the film, is neither gender nor genre, but rather, in the words of Scheirl’s collaborator Johnny de Philo, a ‘vastly overgrown appetite for curiosity.'”
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Trans* Film Festivals: An Interview with Eliza Steinbock. NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies.7. Image_transcreenaffiche2013_Trans Professional writing.

Excerpt:
“On a sunny August afternoon in Amsterdam, Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist of the Film Festival Research Network met cultural analyst, festival programmer, and filmmaker Eliza Steinbock (currently working as a lecturer and researcher at Maastricht University). The discussion ranged from Amsterdam-based transgender film festivals to issues of precarity in activist film festivals and the politics of representation in trans* cinema culture.”
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8_Image_Chris_GenerationsGenerations of Bananas. Essay for the Exhibition “Gender as a Performance” (Chris Rijksen). International gay and lesbian information, archive, and documentation center. Professional writing.

Excerpt:
“The exhibition “Gender as a Performance” has a title that is commonplace nowadays. Who among us has heard this slogan before? Yes? Anyone? And where does it come from? Butler! Right. The series being exhibited stages the complications that arise when performing everyday gender: to quote Rijksen “One is a woman or a man because people say one is.” But, who gets to speak, to name, or define one’s gender – yourself, your parent, doctor, or the stranger in the street? Butler, and many generations of feminists before and after her, tell us that we must pay attention to who has the authority to make these gender declarations true. Basically, we should be wary of so-called “gender experts” and the truth claims they make about us.”
~www.ihlia.nl/dutch/ihlia_amsterdam/Exposities/Performance
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2012

 

9. Image- Lili_ViolenceThe Violence of the Cut: Transgender Homeopathy and Cinematic Aesthetics. Violence and Agency: Queer and Feminist Perspectives. Book Chapter.

Excerpt:
“I return to [Lili] Elbe’s life story, rather than one of the many other trans memoirs, biographies, and accounts written since, to point to the tensions apparent from even the very emergence of Transsexual aesthetics between that of a curative violence wrought through surgical cuts and the accessing of agency by desiring and undergoing a reassemblage of embodiment. This is no happy return to the origin story; rather, working through the difficulties of Elbe’s self-narration of sex change will demonstrate an enabling refusal to be neither a coherently proper victim of her condition or cure, nor a sovereign subject created ex nihilo. Elbe’s engagement with the technologies of sex-change suggests a working-through more in line with the principles of homeopathy and a more entangled experience of subjectivity wrought through technologies that might be better phrased as Transsexual somatechnics.”
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‘Sexing Up’ Bodily Aesthetics: Notes towards Theorizing Trans Sexuality. Sexualities: Past Reflections and Future Directions (With Z. Davy). Book Chapter.

10. Image - Woods DeGenevieve_SexingUPExcerpt:
“We attempt to adhere to Sandy Stone’s (2006 [1991]) call for rendering a wider ‘spectra of desire’ through theorization that seeks to illuminate trans desire. Inspired by Stone’s manifesto, our method is to foreground transsexual and transgendering practices as invocations of sexual dissonance from the disciplines of psychiatry and sexology (psychosexology from now on). In analyzing the dissonances emerging from the sexual practices within the genre of trans pornography, we wish to undermine monological accounts and contribute to transgender studies’ heteroglossic accounts of desire, eroticism and sexuality. Our aim is to access the affects of aesthetic experiences of transpeople and their intimate partners. We privilege affects of transitioning over feeling because, as Bonta and Protevi note, affect involves ‘the capacity to become’ (2004: 50), whereas feeling consists in the coding and stabilizing of being (Crawford, 2008). Hence, following Crawford we argue that trans bodily aesthetics may operate in such a way that the affects of transitioning do not have to add up to a ‘fully formed and settled subject’ (Crawford, 2008: 141).”
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2011

 

Shimmering Images: On Transgender Embodiment and Cinematic Aesthetics. Published by the University of Amsterdam. Dissertation.

11.-Image--chimera-waxman_DExcerpt:
“My contention is that these works of (self)representation shift the discussion of transgenderism as concerning sex and gender primarily or exclusively. My research focuses on the ways in which the presentation of one’s material self may be thought of in terms of experimenting with formal elements of embodiment, which may — or indeed may not — be inscribed within gender signification. This approach also enables the juxtaposition of film and transgender studies through the shared concept of the image, perceived and made meaningful within one’s embodied perspective. The selected corpus suggests and clarifies the import of a shimmering quality, which is associated in key theoretical and artistic texts with both cinematic images and the body images of trans subjects. Though I suggest a specified trans subjectivity, shimmering images form and inform a contested field of knowability that bears on subjectivity more broadly.”
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2010

 

12. Image_bookcover_Forthcoming‘Forthcoming’ Research in Trans Studies: On Trans and Inter-Disciplinary Research Methods (Review of Assuming a Body). Graduate Journal of Social Science “Trans Studies”. Book Review.

Excerpt:
“From science to feminism, from queer theory to ethnography, from interrogations of masculinity to ethics; transgender studies zigzags across the academy. The question ‘Where can transgender studies go?’ has been generously answered with over two decades of scholarship. ‘How does it get there?’ and ‘What does it want to do?’ are remaining methodological questions that I suggest be reflected on by heuristically bracketing the field into two kinds of disciplinary interaction. Much research demonstrates the ways in which transgender issues are transdisciplinary and ‘trans-sect’ the academy, cutting through and interrupting previously held ideas that are hostile to or even foreclose transgender lives, practices, and subjectivity. Other research displays interdisciplinary interest in drawing on and often extending modes of established cultural, social, and political critique as well as displaying conceptual alliance with other fields. Gayle Salamon’s recently published dissertation in the book Assuming a Body: Transgender and the Rhetorics of Materiality is a fine example of scholarship that successfully accomplishes both kinds of disciplinary interaction in its interrogation of the ‘body concept’.”
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2009

 

13. Image_bookcover_SpeakingSpeaking Transsexuality in the Cinematic Tongue. Somatechnics: Queering the Technologisation of Bodies. Book Chapter.

Excerpt:
“With transgender studies’ experimental spirit in mind, I wish to investigate what may be gained from engaging another medium, such as film, to approach the question of a ‘trans language’. If it is true that the transsexual cannot ‘speak’ in (intelligible) discourse, I wonder whether s/he can find a suitable mode of utterance in the visual and moving ‘language’ of cinema. Following that, I would like to speculate how cinematic language might suggest new ways in which transsexuality might be read. Instrumental to this approach is the notion of ‘somatechnics’ at issue in this collection, a notion that pertains to both cinema and transsexuality. I will explore ways in which this term opens up new modes of analysis of sex-gender constructions; I seek an understanding of gender and language wherein transsexual embodiments and practices are intelligible.”
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2008

 

Introduction: What ‘body’ works and what does not fit. Parallax special issue “Installing the Body” (With M. Bleeker). Article.

14.-Image_-parallax_-InstalExcerpt:
“For this special issue of Parallax we proposed to think about how the body functions as a kind of apparatus or dispositif in the divergent disciplines of dance studies, installation art and cinema studies. We envisioned the suggested task of reflecting on not what a body can do, but what ‘the body’ has done as a way to get a critical grip on the burgeoning bulk of body theories. Over the past thirty-five years, many versions of such theory have established ‘the body’ with a certain prestige in a variety of fields of theoretical, artistic and other inquiry. Now that the body has been set into a ‘ready-for-use’ position, installed as it were, this issue of Parallax sought scholars and practitioners willing to evaluate the collective job.†Our proposal, which did admittedly include an invitation to perverse routes, instead garnered the attention of theorists who slice the current edge of ‘body theory’. Rather than assess body theories and the desires invested in using the concept of the body at all, the texts we selected further specialize and specify the body apparatus that they manufacture in the factory of their disciplinary field. Except that it is not easy to place with certainty any one text into a single field. Each text benefits from the successful installation of ‘the body’ as a central theoretical issue that brings into view the relational aspects of experience and meaning making. But, in their hands, the body becomes something else: an apparatus for political tinkering, a means of movement, a condense archive, choreography, resistance, a way out. What differentiates these texts from the bodies that regularly appear to veil the author’s conceptual programs, is their reflexive, dare I say knowing, use of the body for other ends – they need the body, not just any body, but one that is carefully distinguished from a generally normative and vague container.”
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2007

 

15. Image -Buck and Allanah_DiclitsDiclits en cross-couples. Trans-sekuele pornografie. LOVER magazine. Professional writing.

Excerpt:
Heb jij een diclit? Zit jij in een spiegelspan of een hybride relatie? Heb jij je genderbending buurvrouwman al ontmoet? Ziehier enkele van de mogelijkheden en taalkundige vondsten die op de kaart zijn gezet door het groeiend aantal culturele uitingen die het bestaanrecht van een trans-seksualiteit opeisen. Deze beweging claimt het recht van transseksuelen om erotiek te bedrijven en erotisch te zijn. Ik heb het hier dus over trans (let op de spatie!) seksualiteit, dus het seksleven van transmensen en hun geliefden.
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2006

 

16_Image_bookcover_Trans-sexualityTrans-Sexuality? Review of Transgender Erotica: Trans Figures. GayNews. Book Review.

Excerpt:
“Pornographic representations have become not only one of the largest grossing industries, but also a key site for sexual identities and communities to become established. The porn and erotica format is currently serving the trans community by helping them expose their sexual desires – from their own perspective and with their own pleasure in mind – to a wider audience. The 2002 edition of Best Transgender Erotica put together by Hanne Blank and Raven Kaldera, two insiders from the trans community, is one of the first widely read books that opened a space for trans people to picture themselves as having sexual desire and to be erotic. With twenty-three contributions originating “in the trans community” the anthology was ground breaking for evidencing trans-sexuality. It used literary means to confront, and ultimately to counter, the stigmatized and disfigured images of trans desire.”
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