Comparative Studies

Peter Cava is a Ph.D. candidate in FAU’s Public Intellectuals Program, a research assistant at FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, a writing consultant through FAU’s Center for Excellence in Writing, an ambassador on behalf of FAU’s Agora Project, and the conference planning coordinator for the Transecting Society Conference. Cava has written for Films for the Feminist Classroom; Trans Bodies, Trans Selves; and The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Additionally, Cava has participated in a wide range of activism and community service. Currently, Cava is writing a dissertation about trans politics and U.S. science fiction television.

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Transgender Politics and Screen Cultures

Transgender communities include a broad spectrum of people who embody, experience or express their genders in ways that differ from social expectations. In U.S. society, trans people face severe forms of injustice, such as housing discrimination, street violence and public restroom discrimination. As trans-activists have confronted such injustices, trans people have emerged as a visible politicized community on the national stage. Along with this new visibility has come an increased circulation of trans images in film, television and new media. These images may reflect pro-trans advancement, anti-trans backlash, or an effort to appeal to multiple viewer-ships in a nation divided on trans issues. The result is a complex media terrain that variously inspires, discredits, and constrains trans-activism. Through lectures, multimedia presentations and discussions, this course will explore connections among the following questions: Who are trans people? What do they need? And how are they represented?

Enrollment for this class is limited to 30 students. Please enroll early.

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Four Lectures
  1. An Introduction to Gender Diversity - What are the differences among sex, gender assignment, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and gender attribution? What are the differences among intersex people, cross-dressers, transsexual people, transgender people and cisgender people?
  2. Contemporary Issues in Trans Politics - This week’s lecture will survey contemporary issues in trans politics. It will feature stories from the lecturer’s experience as a trans-activist.
  3. Trans Images in Fictional Film, Documentary Film, and Internet television - This week will feature a multimedia presentation on trans media images. The presentation will include the findings of the lecturer’s research on documentary film and Internet television.
  4. Trans Images in Science Fiction Television - This week’s lecture will report on the lecturer’s doctoral dissertation on trans politics and U.S. science fiction television from 1990 to the present.

Course # S4S2 — Last 4 Weeks
Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 2015
Time:11 - 12:30 PM
Fee:$20 / member; $20 / non-member

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