This course familiarizes students with the major concepts, frameworks, and central debates animating transgender studies scholarship and politics. In the first half of the semester, we will critically examine the term "transgender" through two units: one focused on classification and naming practices, and one focused on how different institutions -- such as medicine, law, and prisons -- produce and manage the category of transgender. The remainder of the course is dedicated to understanding transgender political critiques and related social movement work. Throughout, we will pay particular attention to questions of nationalism, citizenship, race, labor, and embodiment.
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