Call for Papers : Transgender Studies and Theories: Building up the Field in a Nordic Context

November 18–20, 2009, Department of Gender Studies, Linköping University, Sweden

Papers are invited for an international conference on transgender studies and theories in a Nordic context. Within the Nordic context there are already a number of activists and researchers from different disciplines focusing on transgender questions. However, at present, there is no network to connect people with an interest in trans questions.

This conference aims to:

  • collect and share transgender knowledge
  • develop interdisciplinary perspectives on transgender questions
  • create networks and establish contacts between researchers
  • discuss collaborative work between different interested groups

Keynote Speakers

Gayle Salamon, Allucquére Rosanne Stone, Del LaGrace Volcano, Stephen Whittle


Supported by funding from Vetenskapsrådet and Linköping University, this conference will combine keynote presentations by internationally renowned experts, seminar presentations and discussions, a performance by a drag king group, and an art exhibition by Del LaGrace Volcano. A special issue of the Graduate Journal of Social Science will be published in 2010 with a selection of papers developed from the conference. We welcome papers from researchers, transgender activists, and transpersons from the Nordic countries, Europe and the broader international scene on/across/expanding the following themes:

  • Transpolitics (including anti-discrimination work, research ethics & methods, conceptualising “trans”)
  • The Trans Body: the Good Life and the Good Body (including medicine, bioethics and philosophy)
  • Trans(bio)graphy, Transnationality, Transectionality (includingpersonal/political/theoretical/locational narratives)
  • Embodiment, Technology and Culture (including “technologies” of the transgendered body, the posthumanities)
  • Trans Art, Culture and ‘Performance’ (including questions of representation, politics vs aesthetics)