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November 18, 2015
Writing While Trans: An evening with Juliet Jacques and T.L. Cowan
Bluestockings
November 18, 2015
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Bluestockings
172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002 United States
Trans: A Memoir author Juliet Jacques in conversation with media theorist T.L. Cowan

In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery—a process she chronicled with unflinching honesty in a serialized national newspaper column. Her memoir Trans, just out this autumn from Verso, tells of her life to the present moment: a story of growing up, of defining yourself, and of the rapidly changing world of gender politics. Through art, film, music, politics, and soccer, Jacques starts to become the person she had only imagined, and begins the process of transition. 

To celebrate the publication of Trans, we'll be talking about transitions of many kinds, personal, and political, formal and critical. What is the role of the confessional in criticism? Does theory have a place in writing about the self? How can memoir and criticism work together? 

Author Juliet Jacques is in conversation with media theorist TL Cowan, discussing her new publication TRANS (Verso, 2015), a moving memoir and insightful examination of transgender politics, the cruxes of writing and identity, and LGBTQ* film and art.

Juliet Jacques is a freelance writer, best known for the Guardian’s “Transgender Journey”—the first time the gender reassignment process had been serialised for a major British publication. Her column was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2011. She was included in the Independent’s Pink List for 2012, 2013 and 2014, and is a regular contributor to the New Statesman. She has also written for GrantaTimeOutFilmwaves3am, the London Review of Books, the New Humanist, the New Inquiry, and many other publications. She lives in London.

T.L. Cowan is the FemTechNet Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies at The New School and Lecturer of Culture & Media at Eugene Lang College. 
T.L.'s work focuses on the cultural and intellectual economies and social lives of trans- feminist and queer community-based performance, especially cabaret, and on the shifting practices of self-expression across digital and analog media.