Trans Studies Conference 2018- Keynote


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Jin Haritaworn, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Jin locates their research and teaching in a tradition of activist scholarship. In this tradition, we attempt to put our energies and resources in service of the communities we are allied to. We seek to divest from the competitive, hierarchical, individualistic and exploitative values of the neoliberal University, while also sharing tools to survive and build community in it.

Jin’s research deals with landscapes that are shaped by racial and colonial capitalism. There, celebration and incorporation exist alongside pathologization and criminalization. For example, in their first two books, Ambivalent Desires and Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, Jin explores the new desirability of certain mixed-race and LGBT subjects in a context of war on terror and the neoliberal city in London and Berlin.

Jin’s research has received several awards, including the York University Research Leader Award, the Early Researcher Award, a SSHRC IDG, an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship and a University of California Humanities Research Institute fellowship.
Faculty profile:

Gwen Benaway is a trans girl poet of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has published two collections of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage, and her third collection, Holy Wild, is forthcoming from BookThug in 2018. She has been described as the spiritual love child of Tomson Highway and Anne Sexton. She has received many distinctions and awards, including the Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer's Trust of Canada. Her poetry and essays have been published in national publications and anthologies, including The Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, CBC Arts, and many others.


The keynote events are open to the public. ASL interpretation, TTC tokens, and light refreshments will be provided at the keynote events.