Building Trans Solidarity

Academics, educators, students, and artists will come together at UWinnipeg to unpack contemporary issues facing transgender, Two-Spirit, and gender non-conforming communities, and to celebrate their resiliency and work towards an inclusive, discrimination-free future.

Keynote Lecture: "After T-Day it got worse": trans genres for the interregnum

Friday, March 22, 2024
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Riddell Hall
Masks recommended

In this keynote lecture Dr. Salah will reflect upon the cultural, literary, and political conditions of possibility for Writing Trans Genres and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres. Dr. Salah will bring these conditions of possibility into conversation with the present moment of flourishing literary/cultural production paired with intensified mainstream TERF ideology and backlash.

Dr. Trish SalahDr. Trish Salah lives and writes in Tkaronto and is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, in traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory. Dr. Salah’s research, teaching and supervision areas include postcolonial/decolonial, feminist, trans and queer poetics, literatures and theory, transnational transgender cultural production, psychoanalysis and affect theory, sex workers' rights movements, and un/popular cultures. Her current projects are Towards a Trans Minor Literature, an inquiry into the aesthetic and political projects of trans, transsexual, genderqueer and two-spirit writers, and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 2, a poetic exploration of colonial sexologies and phantasies of place-based sexuality. She is the author of Wanting in Arabic, which won a Lambda Literary Award, and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1. A Pushcart-nominated poet, she has work in recent issues of Mizna and Tripwire, and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics. She edits the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry and is co-editor of special issues of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, on cultural production, and Arc Poetry Magazine, showcasing trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary writers.

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Past Events:

Building Trans Solidarity consisted of five events that took place in late September and early October, 2023. UWinnipeg hosted two topical roundtable discussions, a keynote talk, and a film screening.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

  • Education Roundtable: Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Students in Our Schools and Libraries. Q & A to follow. Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, UWinnipeg, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Film Screening: Framing Agnes (2022), Zoom Q & A with director Chase Joynt and cast member Jules Gill-Peterson to follow. Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, UWinnipeg, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

  • Keynote Talk: Sex, Gender, and Identity: How to Be a Better Trans Ally by Brie Villeneuve, UWSA 2SLGBTQ+ Students’ Director. Learn about the basics of sex and gender, and their relation to identity. This talk will cover gender identity and expression, sex traits, dysphoria, pronouns, names, and trans allyship. Event runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in the UWSA Hive.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

  • Cultural Event: Another Place hosted by aceartinc. (206 Princess Street). An evening of poetry and sound art by Hassaan Ashraf, Mutable Body, Dasha Plett, Melody Mckiver, and m. patchwork monoceros brought to you by the UW 2SLGBTQ+ Solidarity Committee and aceartinc. Doors 7:00 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

  • Virtual Roundtable: Transphobia Right and Left. Event begins at 6:00 p.m.