Zavier Nunn - Trans Liminalities: Histories From Weimar and Nazi Germany extd.

Lecture hosted by the Center for Critical Studies (CCS)
June 25, 2024, 4:15 pm

Focusing on trans women’s subjectivities, this talk explores the micro and macro registers of how everyday trans life was experienced, policed, and cut short across the Weimar and Nazi regimes, sometimes in surprising – but always uneven – ways.

Zavier Nunn will be a Mellon Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. He was previously Postdoctoral Associated in “Histories of the Transgender Present” in the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Department at Duke University. His first monography, Liminal Lives: Trans Feminine Histories from Weimar and Nazi Germany is under review at Duke University Press. He is currently working on a history of legal sex change and trans masculine lives under Nazism, as well as historicising ‘trans’ adjacent to fields of knowledge production in modern Europe. Across his research, Nunn uses micro-historical methods to unpick how macro systems are stitched together. He is published in Past & Present, Gender & History, and German History.

This event is hosted by the Center for Critical Studies (CCS), the Gender and Diversity Research Network, and the Cultures of Critique DFG research training group.

The lecture accompanies the Duke University – Leuphana University Gender, Queer and Transgender Studies Workshop for Doctoral Candidates.