Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Call for submissions -- Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

Filed By Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | May 30, 2007 1:59 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: gender variant, Prison industrial complex, transgender, writing a book

Thought I'd forward this call for a new anthology my friend Eric Stanley is working on:

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex
Edited by Nat Smith, Eric Stanley

Currently, at least 65% of transwomen and 29% of transmen have been
incarcerated in the United States. Trans/gender variant people
disproportionately experience the horrors of poverty, imprisonment,
and criminalization. Captive Genders seeks to offer some frameworks,
theories, and dreams for unthinking these cycles. We see this
project as an important
intervention in the emergent field of critical prison studies that
will push discussion past men and women in prison, toward thinking
how gender is lived under the crushing weight of corporal captivity.
Along with race, sexuality, citizenship, class, and all other
markers of difference, gender must be another central category for
an understanding of the prison industrial
complex (PIC).

Captive Genders will create a space to think the various ways the
prison industrial complex keeps trans/gender variant communities
from thriving.

Captive Genders will also explore ways in which we can challenge the
very real cultures of violence trans and queer folks experience
without relying on current state-sponsored systems that reproduce
the same kinds of violence they allege to end, such as the current
push for "hate crimes" enhancement legislation.

There is a specificity of survival and power inside prison walls
that we want to be attentive to. However we know the prison
industrial complex involves all aspects of state surveillance,
policing and social control and does not stop at the prison gates.
So, we are also interested in work that explores the punishment of
transgender and/or queer bodies outside traditionally understood
spaces of incarceration.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following;

Post 9/11 surveillance culture and queer / transgender lives

HIV in prison and surveillance of positive folks outside of prison

Cultural/social responses to violence against trans/gender variant
and queer folks that rely on the State

Ways of building power and challenging the PIC

Queer sex and alternative gender formations in prison

Policing sex, gender and sex work

Social service/nonprofit denial of gender variance

The culture of sexual violence in prison and its links to gendered
power of the State

The marginalization of transwomen, particularly transwomen of color,
by the mainstream gay and lesbian community

The length of your work should be a minimum of 1,000 words.

We would like works that are written for a wide audience.

Essays, papers, and creative pieces are all welcome, but please no
poetry.

Please include a short biography with your work.

Eric Stanley is a graduate student in the History of Consciousness
Program at UCSC and works with the radical queer direct action
collective Gay Shame, San Francisco. Eric is also the co-director,
along with Chris Vargas, of Homotopia.

Nat Smith is a member of Trans/gender Variant in Prison Committee
(TIP) and an organizer with the Oakland Chapter of Critical
Resistance. Nat is also on the planning committee for Transforming
Justice, the first ever conference focusing on imprisonment and
poverty and the trans/gender variant community.

Please submit your writing via email to: captivegenders@ gmail.com
Deadline: July 1 2007.


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This isn't the first time I've seen this statistic,..."Currently, at least 65% of transwomen and 29% of transmen have been
incarcerated in the United States."

And, honestly, I think this is a highly flawed stat.

I absolutely agree that there is an issue with class, poverty, discrimination, abuse, and so forth.

And, certainly that needs to change.

But, where did this number come from?

Good question, Kelly. I'd be interested in knowing that as well.

Someone sent me the link to this article today about the LGBT community and the prison industrial complex, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet - only skim it. Feel free to use it as a post if you want, Mattilda.

Oh, I have no idea where that statistic comes from, but I'm guessing if you contact the editors they'd know...

They're at captivegenders@gmail.com