Interrogating Trans* Identities in the Archive
“In this essay, I discuss my research trip to the archives at the Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and how these visits relate both to my scholarship and to my identity as a white, middle-class transman. I then present theories of the archive by Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Sara Ahmed, exploring how they relate to my project.[…]Following the discussion of Derrida, Foucault, and Ahmed, I reflect on the simultaneous expansion of my identity and the archive in relation to how I conceive of, and interrogate, the KI, its collections, and its existence in the academic imaginary.”
Lair, Liam Oliver. “Interrogating Trans* Identities in the Archive.” In Out of the Closet, Into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories, edited by Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell, 233-254. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015.