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Moose 2017 Lecture – Professor Jack Halberstam, TRANS*HAPTICALITY

17 March

Moose is delighted to welcome renowned Queer theorist Jack Halberstam to deliver the 2017 Moose on the Loose lecture in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum LGBTQ Working Group.

The haptic refers to the sense of touch and is a major part of contemporary smart technology; but it has also been theorized in an aesthetic context as a form of representation that relies less on messaging and knowing and more on expressing and unlearning. Trans* is a terminology increasingly used to refer to the gender flexible body. In this lecture, I will offer a “haptic” account of the trans* body in order to increase its unknowability, to point to the stress it puts on conventional modes of knowing and in order to provide another way of navigating embodiment that does not rely upon clarity, bounded identities and the either/or formulations that produce trans/feminist oppositionality. My hope here is that the use of a haptic understanding of embodiment offers new language for bodies trembling on the verge of legibility and trying to stay there.


[The image is by Harry Dodge, “Frottage in Dreamtime,” 2013]


Free. Booking essential. Book your place: www.vam.ac.uk/blog/out-in-the-museum


To find out more: www.jackhalberstam.com

V&A LGBTQ Working Group: www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/l/lgbtq-working-group/

Opening Times

17 March
7pm - 8.30pm


17 March, 7pm - 8.30pm




Seminar Room 5
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom

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