May 19: International Symposium on Trans Cinema Studies

The International Symposium on Trans Cinema Studies
Tuesday May 19, 2009
University of Amsterdam
Bungehuis, Spuistraat 210, room 420
No registration necessary, a free event, open to the public

The first symposium on the topic of trans cinema studies takes place in conjunction with the Netherlands Transgender Film Festival (20-24 May 2009 at de Balie Cultural Center). In celebration of our 5th bi-annual festival, we invite you to attend a full day of scholarly discussion hosted by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam, and Asian Studies in Amsterdam (ASiA). We imagine this symposium to reflect on trans issues as well as wider academic concerns such as the depiction of cross-cultural genders and sexualities, methodology in film studies, and inter-/trans-disciplinarity.

Program

10-10:15
Introductory Notes:
Eliza Steinbock

10:15-11:10
Keynote:
Helen Hok-Sze Leung “Trans Locations in Queer Asian Cinema”

Chair: Jeroen de Kloet

11:10 -11:30
COFFEE, TEA BREAK

11:30-1:00
Looking Awry: The Politics of Aesthetics
Panelists:
Trish Salah “Screening the Backlash: Re-inscribing Transsexuality as Fundamentalism”

Wibke Straube “Representing the In-Between – The Crisis of Gender Binaries and De/Normalization in Press Responses to Transgender Film”

Doro Wiese “’Unreliable Signs’: The Construction of Gendered Bodies in the Film Dandy Dust (1998)”
Chair: Margriet van Heesch

1:00-2:30
LUNCH

2:30 - 4:00
Scoping the Field: Trans/Cinema
Panelists:
Jules Rosskam “Bounded Filmmaking: On the Limitation of Gender Identification by Filmic Structures"

Julia Horncastle “Orientations and Affinities: Sex in the Back Alley”

Eliza Steinbock “On Trans- and Inter-disciplinary Models of Trans Cinema Studies”
Chair: Noa Roei

4:00 -4:20
COFFEE, TEA BREAK

4:20-5:15
Keynote:
Susan Stryker “Christine in the Cutting Room: The Cinematics of Christine Jorgensen's Transsexual Embodiment”

Chair: Jules Sturm

5:15-6:00
Plenary
Led by Gayle Salamon with all presenters

6:00-7:00
Drinks

For more information, see the ASCA website.