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May 2, 2022 On Campus
05/02/2022 1:00 PM 05/02/2022 2:00 PM America/New_York Andover The New Transsexual Empire? Nationalism, the Military Industrial Complex, and the Transgender Subject

Brace Student Fellow Presentation

Avivit Ashman ’22

What does it mean to be transgender in the U.S. military? In a year of domestic transphobic legislation, the state has paradoxically seemed to embrace the trans community through the military. With President Biden’s declaration that “trans rights are the civil rights issue of our time,” certain trans people now too can work to carry out the agenda of the American imperial project at the expense of countless lives abroad.

With this dynamic in mind, Avivit Ashman ’22 theorizes the concept of trans*nationalism, arguing that state institutions exploit the language of trans rights to rebrand imperialist projects as progressive. Analyzing the cases of Chelsea Manning and others, Ashman elaborates on existing scholarship about how the state manipulates and vaunts certain privileged transgender subjects while oppressing more marginalized trans communities. Ultimately, she explores pathways to gender justice that go beyond assimilation to nationalist agendas.

Open to the PA community; dinner will be served.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Emily Raymundo, Instructor in English

School Room, Abbot Hall

The New Transsexual Empire? Nationalism, the Military Industrial Complex, and the Transgender Subject

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., School Room, Abbot Hall

Brace Student Fellow Presentation

Avivit Ashman ’22

What does it mean to be transgender in the U.S. military? In a year of domestic transphobic legislation, the state has paradoxically seemed to embrace the trans community through the military. With President Biden’s declaration that “trans rights are the civil rights issue of our time,” certain trans people now too can work to carry out the agenda of the American imperial project at the expense of countless lives abroad.

With this dynamic in mind, Avivit Ashman ’22 theorizes the concept of trans*nationalism, arguing that state institutions exploit the language of trans rights to rebrand imperialist projects as progressive. Analyzing the cases of Chelsea Manning and others, Ashman elaborates on existing scholarship about how the state manipulates and vaunts certain privileged transgender subjects while oppressing more marginalized trans communities. Ultimately, she explores pathways to gender justice that go beyond assimilation to nationalist agendas.

Open to the PA community; dinner will be served.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Emily Raymundo, Instructor in English

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