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Acrobatics: Moving Through the Trans Archives

February 26, 2021 · 2:00 pm3:00 pm · Livestream

Princeton University Library

A live webinar highlighting transgender studies, past and present, in Princeton University Library collections and private archives.

RL Goldberg (they/them), English Department and Associate Director, Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, will be in dialogue with queer book dealer, collector, and historian Gerard Koskovich (he/him), along with Sara Howard (she/her), Librarian for Gender and Sexuality Studies and Student Engagement, and Julie Mellby (she/her), Graphic Arts Curator.

Beginning with the celebrated career of the 19th-century gender-fluid acrobat Mademoiselle Lulu (Sam Wasgott), we will move through 20th and 21st-century materials that define the trans archive, with an emphasis on race as well as gender. From anonymous photo albums to publications both global in scope and origin, we will discuss our collections and the history of writers and publishers within the field of trans studies. What are the larger stories behind these materials that share with us lives as they were lived in the past and might be lived in the future?

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