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CANCELLED - Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
6:00 PM


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We are sad to announce that Dean Spade has cancelled his visit to GVSU this Thursday due to a death in the family. All Spade events for Thursday, November 14th, are cancelled. 

It is our hope to bring him to GVSU in the future.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  

Dean Spade will be presenting selections from his recent book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law. In Normal Life, Dean uses Critical Race Theory, women of color feminism, and other intellectual traditions to analyze the role of law reform in contemporary queer and trans politics. He examines the poverty, violence, criminalization and immigration enforcement facing trans populations, and questions the utility of anti-discrimination law and hate crimes laws for addressing these harms. He proposes that a critical trans politics is emerging that rejects law reform as a goal and engages tactically with legal work as it attempts to dismantle apparatuses of racialized-gendered violence like prisons and borders and build alternative structures that meaningfully address contemporary conditions of poverty and violence.



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