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Susan Stryker Kessler Lecture

In her Kessler Award Lecture entitled Ghost Dances: A Trans-movement Manifesto, founding trans-scholar Susan Stryker discusses the concept of trans-movements. Using the Native American tradition of Ghost Dances as an example, Stryker discusses the spirituality of transness and asks her audience to consider how they can be more trans or queer and what it is that they are "transing"? 

The Kessler Award, named after an endowment from David R. Kessler, is given each year by CLAGS to a scholar who is believed to have made a significant contribution to the field of Queer Studies. Stryker was the 17th recipient of the award and now is among the ranks of other notable queer scholars such as Barbara Smith, Eve Sedgwick, and Judith Butler.

Although formally instituted at the CUNY Graduate Center in 1991, CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies was first conceived 5 years earlier by Martin, Duberman, one of the first historians to embrace the, then infantile, field of Queer Studies. Duberman sensed the need for a formal center devoted to queer research. As the first university-based center for LGBTQ research, CLAGS continues to demonstrate its dedication to advancing Queer Studies, by hosting public events showcasing queer research and sponsoring fellowships to support queer scholars. Among its many notable contributions, CLAGS annually puts on at least one major conference and holds the Kessler Award Lecture every fall to celebrate a queer scholar who has made a notable contribution to the field of queer studies.
Source | CLAGS Archive
Creator | Stryker, Susan
Date Created | November 2008
Rights | Copyright CLAGS Archive
Item Type | Video/Moving Image (Digital Video)
Cite This document | Stryker, Susan , “Susan Stryker Kessler Lecture ,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed September 22, 2023,


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