Transgender Studies + the Humanities: Incarcerating Transgender People

Date: September 29, 2016
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: 101 West Duke Building - Ahmadieh Family Conference Room

This event is part of the Kenan Institute for Ethics Conversations in Human Rights series, which brings together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. Co-sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke and the FSG’s Transgender Studies + the Humanities project (supported by Humanities Futures).

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Transgender people, like other LGBTQ people, are disproportionality represented in the criminal justice system in the United States. Criminalization of LGBTQ lives frequently results in their incarceration, an imprisonment that may have consequences that are uniquely harsh on transgender prisoners.

What special issues are implicated when a transgender person is incarcerated? What role does race play in transgender incarceration? What are some possible solutions to these issues? This panel will examine these and other concerns. Panelists include:

  • Paisley Currah (Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Professor of Political Science and Women’s & Gender studies)
  • Asa King (previously Southern Regional Staff Attorney for the Transgender Law Center)
  • Moderated by Ara Wilson (Duke University, Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies)