Thu, Jan 16


Hickman Building (HHB)

Dr. Ann Travers: Trans Kids & Social Inequality

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Dr. Ann Travers: Trans Kids & Social Inequality

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Jan 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Hickman Building (HHB), Hickman Building (HHB), Victoria, BC V8P 5C2, Canada

About The Event

 Lansdowne Lecturer ANN TRAVERS Professor of Sociology - Simon Fraser University


Thursday, January 16th, 2020, 7:00 PM Hickman Bldg 110 UVic: Accessibility information: By donation:

In recent years transgender children have gained visibility via mainstream and social media but most of the stories we hear belong to white and relatively affluent kids. Given the range of complex experiences trans kids are vulnerable to, it is crucial to situate transgender kids within broader relations of power and oppression. This lecture draws on critical theory from trans scholars of colour and allies to outline the importance of an integrated anti-oppression approach for understanding and supporting more precarious transgender kids.

ABOUT ANN TRAVERS Dr. Ann Travers is a Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University.  Their recent book, The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution, situates trans kids in Canada and the US, white settler nations characterized by significant social inequality.  They are also the Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Insight Grant titled ”Gender Vectors of the GVA: using video game technology to assess social safety nets for transgender and gender nonconforming children and youth in the lower mainland."  In addition to a central research focus on transgender children and youth, Dr. Travers has published extensively on the relationship between sport and social justice, with particular emphasis on the inclusion and exclusion of women, queer and trans people of all ages.  Such publications include “Women’s Ski Jumping, the 2010 Olympic Games and the Deafening Silences of Sex Segregation, Whiteness and Wealth,” in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues; “Queering Sport: Lesbian Softball Leagues and the Transgender Challenge,” in International Review for the Sociology of Sport,” co-authored with Jillian Deri; and “The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice,” in Studies in Social Justice Journal.  Travers’ first book, entitled Writing the Public in Cyberspace: Redefining Inclusion On the Net, released in 2000, is an analysis of the ways in which equity of participation is inhibited in public spaces fostered by new information technologies.  Ann Travers has been appointed Deputy Editor of the journal, Gender & Society. 

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