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Essay Humanities

Before Trans Studies

By Cassius Adair, Amy Marvin, and Cameron Awkward-Rich, 2020

In conversation with Emmett Harsin Drager and Andrea Long Chu’s “After Trans Studies,” this collaborative essay also turns to questions of field formation and the ethos of trans studies. Situating the growth of the field in the material conditions of precarity under which trans knowledge workers work, the authors argue that trans studies can’t be “over” because, in fact, it isn’t yet here. Rather than viewing this as only a dismal proposition, however, they insist that the tenuousness of trans studies provides us with the opportunity to envision and enact more sustaining ways of being “in the field.”

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