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Stanford Humanities Center Workshop "Decolonizing Archives, Rethinking Historical Methods" with Jules Gill-Peterson: The Street as a Queen's Archive

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The Street as a Queen's Archive

About the Talk:

The street queens of the second half of the twentieth century have become enduring figures from trans history. Poor trans women of color and sex workers of the era lived their lives primarily on the streets. And in response to their marginalization they have been recruited to anchor the intersectional credentials of political movements and scholarly fields. But what sort of archive is the street? And what did it mean to be a queen of the streets? This talk approaches the answers to these questions with a critical suspicion about the desire to find in the suffering of trans women of color our salvation. 


About the Speaker:

Jules Gill-Peterson is an associate professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Histories of the Transgender Child (University of Minnesota, 2018), and the winner of a Lambda Literary Award. She is also a General Co-Editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly.

About the Respondent:

Míša Stekl is a Ph.D. candidate in the program of Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University, with PhD Minors in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Míša’s research traces questions of time and identity through queer and trans theory, Black and postcolonial studies, and 20th-century continental philosophy. Their work is forthcoming in Deleuze and Guattari Studies, South Atlantic Review, and Rhizomes. Before coming to Stanford, Míša earned a BA in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from Emory University.

*This workshop has been generously sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Stanford.*

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