Interrogating Trans* Identities in the Archive

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Arts and Humanities | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | History | History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies


“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.”


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