Many gatherings in LGBTQ affirming spaces ask people to state their preferred pronouns when introducing themselves. This conversation will examine the underlying philosophy of gendered language as an organizing rubric and encourage those gathered to grapple with a broader transgender way of thinking and seeing beyond binaries and pronouns.
Jen Manion is Associate Professor of History at Amherst College. Jen received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University. Their 2004 collection, co-edited with Jim Downs, titled Taking Back the Academy!: History of Activism, History as Activism, is a collection of essays about social justice movements and the struggle to document and pass on these histories. Their 2015 book, Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America, shows how racialized and gendered ideas about sexuality, freedom, and resistance shaped the creation of the penitentiary system in the U.S. Jen tweets at @activisthistory and posts stories related to contemporary mass incarceration at libertysprisoners.tumblr.com