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The Southampton Stonewall Lecture 2021 Event

"Hair" by Raintree Chan
18 February 2021
Online via Microsoft Teams

For more information regarding this event, please email Tracy Storey at .

Event details

Part of the annual series of lectures organised by the School of Humanities

This years Southampton Stonewall Lecture will be given by Howard Chiang from the University of California.

Transtopia and the Politics of History in the Asia Pacific

This lecture proposes a new paradigm for doing transgender history in which geopolitics assumes central importance. Defined as the antidote to transphobia, transtopia challenges a minoritarian view of transgender experience and makes room for the variability of transness on a historical continuum. A range of sources from the Chinese-speaking communities across the Pacific—in science, journalism, popular culture, and activism—will be examined to reorient anti-transphobic inquiry at the crossroads of area studies, medical humanities, and queer theory.


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Howard Chiang is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of the prize-winning After Eunuchs: Science, Medicine, and the Transformation of Sex in Modern China (2018) and Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific (2021). He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Encyclopedia of LGBTQ History (2019), which was awarded the 2020 Dartmouth Medal, and the coeditor of the "Global Queer Asias" series published by the University of Michigan Press. He is currently working on the history of psychoanalysis and transcultural reasoning across the Pacific.

This lecture will be chaired by Professor Mark Cornwall, Professor of Modern European History.

About the lecture

The annual 'Southampton Stonewall Lecture' explores the rich heritage that is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) history. It has been organized since 2012 by Professor Mark Cornwall from the History Department as a way to show-case the latest cutting-edge historical research on this theme. The lecture has attracted international speakers covering a wide range of topics, periods and disciplinary approaches. They have included Professors George Chauncey, Laura Doan, Dagmar Herzog and Bruce Smith.

Each lecture has offered an academic approach but one geared too to a broader public. A key purpose is to educate contemporary audiences, academic and public, about the past while also promoting the University of Southampton's commitment to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity. The lecture has become the major event in the University's celebration of LGBTQ History month each February. It also builds on fruitful cooperation between the Stonewall charity and the University in terms of our shared values and educational engagement with the wider community. Through a greater understanding of discrimination and tolerance through the centuries, we can help to promote tolerance and inclusivity in contemporary British society. We would normally have a charity collection at the lecture however as this years lecture is online we are unable to collect in person however if you still wish to make a donation please visit the Stonewall donation page.

Please note the lecture will take place online using Microsoft Teams. The deadline for registering is 1pm on the day of the event (18/02/2021).

Image credit: "Hair" by Raintree Chan

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