Groundbreaking Study to Revolutionize Transgender Issues

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A new study ––  (TSQ) Transgender Studies Quarterly ––  dedicated to transgender issues and experiences is set to be published in 2014 with promises to change the way the world thinks about transgender issues.

TSQ, a non-medical journal, will be an authoritative and peer-reviewed publication that will explore the diversity of gender, sex, sexuality, embodiment, and identity which will focus on publishing academically disciplined work from fields including cultural studies, political economy, art, health and sexuality studies.

Spearheaded by Susan Stryker, associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona, and Paisley Currah, professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, TSQ will create visibility to a population that is typically sidelined.

In 2006, Stryker co-edited The Transgender Studies Reader, which won a Lambda Literary Award.

Currah co-edited 'Transgender Rights,' in 2006, which won the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies. He's currently penning a new book, The United States of Gender, to be published by NYU Press.

In an exclusive interview with SFGN Paisley Currah explains:

"The emergence of transgender studies as a field in the last two decades reflects the growing visibility of transgender communities and we plan for TSQ to be the journal of record for this new field.  As a truly interdisciplinary journal, TSQ will showcase the breadth and depth of the field, and bring attention to bear on issues of importance to trans communities."

According to Currah the idea to create their own journal began in 2008, when Stryker and Currah were invited to co-edit a special transgender studies issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly.  They received more than two hundred submissions for publication, yet they could only publish twelve of them.  They knew then that it was time for transgender studies to have its own high-profile publication venue.  Now, five years later, it's finally being accomplished with the launching of TSQ.

A total of five issues are slated for print in the first year, each highlighting a different aspect of the transgender community.  Topics of the first issues will include the cultural production of transgender communities, transgender population studies, transgender biopolitics, and problems of translating gender concepts and practices across linguistic communities.

Here’s a sneak peak preview of the first five issues:

TSQ 1:1/2  “Postposttransexual: Terms for a 21st Century Transgender Studies,” will be a special double issue of short essays on key concepts in transgender studies.

TSQ 1:3, “Decolonizing the Transgender Imaginary,” will explore cross-cultural analysis of sex/gender variation, and bring transgender studies into critical engagement with ethnography and anthropology.

TSQ 1:4  “Trans Cultural Production,” will be devoted to the arts, film, literature, and performance.

TSQ 2:1 “Making Transgender Count,” co-edited with the Williams Institute’s GenIUSS group (Gender Identity in U.S. Surveillance), will tackle such issues as population studies, demography, epidemiology, and quantitative methods.

TSQ's editorial office is at the University of Arizona and Duke University Press, DukeChronicle, announced it will publish the journal.  However, it's a very collaborative international project with members of the editorial team from universities and activists organizations worldwide, not based at any one university.

The TSQ journal is being funded through the Kickstarter Campaign which allows anyone to make financial contributions electronically.  Close to $25,000 has been raised thus far by 404 backers, yet at least $100,000 in start-up funds is needed to be raised overall.  Your support will help us create a first-rate platform for publishing peer-reviewed transgender-related scholarship—something that can only benefit the entire field of gender and sexuality studies.

"We've put together an editorial board of accomplished and well-credentialed scholars to give the journal the most credible and persuasive voice possible in the marketplace of ideas," explains Currah who concluded, "This is especially important given the newness of transgender studies as a field, and the stigma often attached to transgender lives.

The development of transgender studies is essential as it makes a politically significant intervention into the lives of transgender people in our communities with the tremendous unmet needs, and will advance the editorial mission of changing the way the world thinks about transgender issues.  It will provide an immeasurable amount of information that is instrumental in creating visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

TSQ’s is preparing to launch in April 2014 with a debut double-issue titled “Postposttransexual: Terms for a 21st Century Transgender Studies,” a series of essays about the key concepts in transgender studies.

Readers can sign up here to receive an e-mail notification when subscriptions are available for order. ($45 for individuals; $28 for students).  You can read more about TSQ at http://lgbt.arizona.edu/tsq-main Victoria Michaels


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