Reflections on Female and Trans* Masculinities and Other Queer Crossings
This collection of essays emerged out of the Agender conference, and various queer cultural activities associated with the PoMoGaze project (Leeds Art Gallery, 2013–2015). PoMoGaze was a term created to promote queer co-curatorial projects held at the gallery as part of Community Engagement activities, and references ‘PoMo’ as a shortening of ‘Postmodern’ combined with ‘Gaze’ as a play on words linking the act of looking with LGBT*IQ activities.
The book presents many voices exploring themes of female and trans* masculinities, gender equality, and the lives, work and activism of LGBT*IQ artists and thinkers. It includes discussion of arts-making, cultural materials, diverse identities, contemporary queer politics, and social histories, and travels across time telling gender-crossing stories of creative resistance.
Readers with an interest in the performing and visual arts, literature, philosophy, and queer and gendered cultural readings with an intersectional emphasis, will be stimulated by this eclectic and thought-provoking collection.
Dr Nina Kane is a researcher, performer, dramaturg and Artistic Director of Cast-Off Drama. She regularly works with Leeds Art Gallery developing gender-based education, community and research projects from its collections and exhibitions. A radical feminist and queer, she is active in the trans* arts scenes of Leeds, York and Manchester. She specialises in the philosophies of Luce Irigaray and is author of a forthcoming book on the playwright Sarah Kane.
Jude Woods combines visual arts and curatorial practice with a long-term focus on intersectionality and activism; sustaining a portfolio of community development posts and freelance projects spanning community arts, writing, research, training and consultation. They hold an MA in Fine Art (Contemporary Practice) from Leeds Beckett University, UK, and contributed an illustrated short story to The Alphabet Club Anthology Book curated by Jamie Fletcher (2016).
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