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Transgender refugees and the imagined South Africa. Bodies over borders and Borders over Bodies - book launch

Title
Transgender refugees and the imagined South Africa. Bodies over borders and Borders over Bodies - book launch
Speaker(s)
Introduced by: Gina Maya Roberts # University of Edinburgh and co-organizer of the 'Transgender; Speaker: Dr B Camminga, author # Wits University; Speaker: Gina Maya Roberts # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
30th May 2019 17:00 - 30th May 2019 18:30
Location
Screening room G.04, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, 50 George Square, Edinburgh
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/other_events/2018_2019/transgender_refugees_and_the_imagined_south_africa._bodies_over_borders_and_borders_over_bodies_-_book_launch

The book by Dr. B Camminga (African Centre for Migration and Society, Wits University, Johannesburg) tracks the conceptual journeying of the term ‘transgender’ from the Global North (where it originated) and the physical embodied journeying of transgender asylum seekers from countries within Africa to South Africa. Through a series of life story interviews, the study centres on the experiences and narratives of people that can be usefully termed 'gender refugees’. It is the argument of this book that the departures, border crossings, arrivals and perceptions of South Africa for gender refugees have been both enabled and constrained by the contested meanings and politics of this emergence of transgender. The study explores, through these narratives, the radical constitutional-legal possibilities for 'transgender' in South Africa, the dissonances between the possibilities of constitutional law, and the pervasive politics/logic of binary ‘sex/gender’ within South African society.

This event is hosted by the Security at the Margins project (ESRC/NRF), a collaboration between the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh and the African Centre for Migration and Society, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; https://theseamproject.org/ 

For any enquiry, please contact Ms Rebecca Moody, Centre of African Studies, the University of Edinburgh: Rebecca.Moody@ed.ac.uk 

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