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The College of Arts & Sciences Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami and

the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures present

Trans Global
Global Trans

April 2, 2010
9:30 am - 6:30 pm


UM Participants' Biographies (in order of participation)

Panel I


‌‌Gema Pérez-Sánchez, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, is a 2009-2010 founding Fellow at the University of Miami’s new Center for the Humanities. Her research focuses on contemporary Spanish narrative, cultural studies, immigration studies, and queer theory. She is the author of Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to la movida (SUNY Press 2007). Her second book project, “Perilous Strai(gh)ts: Immigration, Sexuality, and Race in Contemporary Spanish Culture” analyzes the resurgence in Spain of xenophobia and racism against recent Sub-Saharan African and Arab immigrants as represented in contemporary films and narrative and how that racism intersects with homo- and transphobia.  Her research has appeared in Revista Iberoamericana, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform; Michigan Journal of Race & Law; Hispamérica; The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies; Letras Femeninas; and several essay collections. She teaches literary theory and Spanish literature and culture courses for her department and Queer Studies courses for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

‌Brenna Munro is Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Her research focuses on the intersection between studies of gender and sexuality, postcolonial theory, and African literature.  Her first book manuscript, Queer Constitutions: Sexuality, Literature and Imagining Democracy in South Africa, looks at how South Africa became the first country in the world to constitutionally enshrine gay rights, and argues that the politics of sexuality have been central to the re-imagining of race, gender and nation throughout modern South African history. Her article “Queer Family Romance: Writing the ‘New’ South Africa in the 1990s” was published in GLQ 15. Her next project will examine the emergence of homophobic state politics, gay rights activism, and queer aesthetics in contemporary Nigeria and its diasporas.

Panel II

‌Steven F. Butterman is Associate Professor of Portuguese and Director of the Portuguese Language Program; he also serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. He teaches Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literatures in his home department as well as Queer Studies in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Miami. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000.  A recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and a winner of the Brazilian International Press Award, Provost's Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2004 University of Miami Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, he has published articles on a wide range of topics, including 19th and 20th century Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literature and Culture, Contemporary Brazilian Poetry and Music, Queer Theory, Women's Studies and Postmodernism. A former member of the Executive Committee of BRASA (Brazilian Studies Association) and the Luso-Brazilian Executive Division of the MLA (Modern Language Association), Butterman is the author of Perversions on Parade: Brazilian Literature of Transgression and Postmodern Anti-Aesthetics in Glauco Mattoso, published in 2005 by San Diego State University Press / Hyperbole Books. In addition to his recent work on LGBT Brazilian cultural studies, Butterman is currently finishing a research project that reconsiders Brazilian cinematic production under dictatorship (1969 - 1971), focusing on the internal dialogues between cinema novo and cinema marginal.

‌Lillian Manzor, Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Southern California (1988) and a B.A. in Spanish and French from University of Miami (1978). She previously taught Comparative Literature at UC-Irvine. Her research and teaching interests include Latin American and Latino/a cultures, performance studies, gender studies, literature and the visual arts.  She is the author of Borges/Escher, Cobra/CoBrA: Un encuentro posmoderno, and Latinas on Stage. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Marginality Beyond Return: U.S.-Cuban Performance Politics,” and on a web-based Cuban Theater Archive. She is actively involved in developing US-Cuba cultural dialogues through theater and performance. She currently serves as the Director for the Program in Latin American Studies.

Invited Speakers' Biographies

‌Jarrod Hayes is Associate Professor of French in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department at the University of Michigan. His work is situated at the intersection of Queer Theory and Postcolonial Studies, focusing on representations of non-normative sexualities in Maghrebian literature and other Francophone regions (Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Québec, Asia, Louisiana). He is the author of Queer Nations: Marginal Sexualities in the Maghreb (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2000). His current project, Queer Roots for the Diaspora, Ghosts in the Family Tree, examines the incorporation of the notion of roots into articulations of lesbian and gay identities even though the concept relies on a notion of the family tree that depends on heterosexual reproduction. A number of African and Caribbean accounts of the origins of identity, for example, propose alternative and even multiple roots, which also make room for dissident sexualities. He is also interested in questioning what it means to be American, particularly through the study of non-English cultures within the U.S. itself, which is why he has begun to study Louisiana as a way of queering American identity.

‌Neville Hoad is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, the Center for African and African American Studies, and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas, Austin. His areas of research include African and Victorian literature, queer theory, and the history of sexuality. He is the author of African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality and Globalization (Minnesota, 2007) and the coeditor (with Karen Martin and Graeme Reid) of Sex & Politics in South Africa (Double Storey, 2005). He is writing a book on the literary and cultural representations of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.

‌Judith Halberstam is Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual, and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam’s first book, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), was a study of popular gothic cultures of the 19th and 20th centuries from Frankenstein to contemporary horror film. Female Masculinity (1998) made a groundbreaking argument about non-male masculinity and tracked the impact of female masculinity upon hegemonic genders. Halberstam’s most recent book, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005), described and theorized queer reconfigurations of time and space in relation to subcultural scenes and the emergence of transgender visibility. This book devotes several chapters to the visual representation of gender ambiguity. Halberstam was also co-author with Del LaGrace Volcano of a photo/essay book, The Drag King Book (1999), and with Ira Livingston of an anthology, Posthuman Bodies (1995). Halberstam regularly speaks on visual culture and publishes journalism in venues like BITCH Magazine and The Nation; she is currently completing one book titled “Notes on Failure” and beginning another on “Bats.”

Moderators' and Presenters' Biographies

Laurie Shrage received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego (1983). She is Director of Women's Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Florida International University. Her books include Abortion and Social Responsibility: Depolarizing the Debate (Oxford, 2003), Moral Dilemmas of Feminism (Routledge, 1994), and the edited collection “You’ve Changed”: Sex Reassignment and Personal Identity (Oxford, 2009). She served as co-editor of the journal Hypatia, with Nancy Tuana, from 1998-2003. She contributed “Feminist Perspectives on Sex Markets” to the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Her current projects include “Does the Government Need to Know Your Sex?” and “’Anatomy is Not Destiny’: Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation Meet Transgender Studies.” 

Pamela Geller received an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (1998), and a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania (2004). Her research interests include anthropological bioarchaeology, the applicability of feminist and queer theories to investigations of the past, the materiality of identity, markers of habitual activity and intentional modification, and the socio-politics of archaeology. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Israel, Hawai'i, Belize, and Honduras, and has recently begun a bioarchaeological project in southern Peru focused on the Chiribaya culture. She is co-editor of Feminist Anthropology: Past, Present, and Future (Pennsylvania, 2006).  Geller has also published articles in World Archaeology, Journal of Social Archaeology, American Anthropologist,and The Annual Review of Anthropology.

Subha Xavier is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Literature. She received a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007), and an M.A. in French Literature and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.  Her current research focuses on the politics and economics of immigration writing in France and Quebec. Other research interests include theories of nationalism and postcolonialism, trauma theory, cosmopolitanism, and diaspora literature. She teaches African Sub-Saharan literature and culture, and African diasporic writing and film. She has published articles on Ying Chen (International Journal of Canadian Studies) and Dai Sijie (Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies), as well as essays on Leïla Sebbar and Tahar Ben Jelloun. She is co-editor of La littérature migrante subsaharienne (Éditions Dominique Guéniot, Paris) and is collaborating on Passages et Ancrages: Dictionnaires des écritures migrantes en France depuis 1981, both forthcoming in 2009. She is currently at work on a book theorizing migrant French literature from a sociological and literary standpoint.

Steven Blevins is Assistant Professor of English at Florida International University specializing in postcolonial and global studies, black British cultural studies, and queer theory. He is currently completing his first book, History Unhoused: The Public Life of the Past in Post-imperial Britain, which considers the “historiographic turn” in contemporary black British literary, visual, and performance texts.