Woolf’s Orlando and the Resonances of Trans Studies

Feb. 1, 2010

[1] Scholars have recently begun to create theoretical models that help us to register important differences within contemporary transgendered identifications. In 1990, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble denaturalized norms of gender and sexuality, performing a critique of prior feminist work on gender that not only influenced subsequent directions in feminist studies...

From Humanitarian Intervention to the Beautifying Mission: Afghan Women and Beauty without Borders

Jan. 3, 2010

[1] In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration was quick to assimilate the terror attacks into a simplistic binary opposition of good and evil, absolving the U.S. of any foreign policy role in triggering the anger which prompted the attacks. As in the buildup to the first...

Who’s in Prison in the U.S.? Who’s Not? A Special Call for Papers

Jan. 2, 2010

Recent gender studies about criminality have tended to focus on the decriminalization of same sex relationships or on controversies about a woman's right to choose an abortion. While these issues are important, their implicit legal and political contexts have been considered narrowly. How are these issues reframed when we include...