Events

May 17

From Embodiment to Enpersonment: Gender 'Dysphoria' & Trans Resistance

Cowling Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy Talia Bettcher gives public talk.

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 pm / Leighton #304
Cowling Distinguished Visiting Philosophy Professor Talia Bettcher
Professor of Philosophy Talia Bettcher

Here is Professor Bettcher's bio from her website

I am an engaged philosopher who integrates critical reflection with tangible and meaningful action in our lived world. Much of my work in transgender studies flows from my personal experience as a trans woman and through being actively involved in in trans community subcultures and grass-roots organizing in Los Angeles for the past fifteen years. My philosophical investigations, even at their most abstract, aim to capture realities that are experienced by flesh and blood people and that can have political and practical consequences (see, for example "Recommended Models and Policies for LAPD Interactions with Trans Individuals". Much of this policy was eventually adopted. Click here for more info). When traditional philosophy has failed me, I have even turned to performance art as a way to explore philosophical trans/gender issues in less conventional ways.  My hope is that others can gain real benefit from my philosophical work – if only as a challenge to think more deeply about gender and sex, and perhaps even as a new way of thinking about things.

I work as a Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles. I currently serve as Chair of the department. And I previously directed the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities (2008-11). Some of the courses that I teach include Introduction to Transgender Studies, Introduction to Trans/Feminism, Philosophy, Gender, and Culture, Philosophy of Self, Early Modern Philosophy, The Philosophy of George Berkeley, and The Meaning of Life.

I am member of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy's editorial board, and a member of the founding editorial board of Transgender Studies Quarterlythe first-ever non-medical journal focusing on transgender issues. I have also served as a judge for the Lambda Literary Awards (2013).

I am currently writing a monograph entitled Reality Mare: Reflections on Transphobia, Trans Feminism, and the Structures of Personhood.

Professor Bettcher is an engaged philosopher who integrates critical reflection with tangible and meaningful action in our lived world.  Much of her work is in transgender studies and flows from her personal experience as a trans woman and through being actively involved in trans community subcultures and grass-roots organizing in Los Angeles for the past fifteen years.  Read more about Professor Bettcher here.

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