2012—2013 Forum on Peripheries
SAS Postdoctoral Fellow
Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies
Handmade: The Everyday Feelings and Textures of Transgender Embodiment
In my research I place transgender studies in dialogue with craft and material studies, affect theory, and feminist art history and visual culture. My project mobilizes the term "felt" in both its material and affective senses to animate interwoven questions of texture, trace and sensation. Craft – too often dismissed as low art, amateurism or merely "women's work" – generates a rich investigation of feminist labor, collective process and quotidian aesthetics. I cultivate, rather than dismiss, craft's over-determined relationship to the domestic sphere and the feminine, as an ideal site through which to observe gender, labor and the quotidian. I deploy craft to theorize what I call the "handmade" body and signal my interest in the everyday and ordinary affects of transgender embodiment.