Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 7, Issue 1
fall 2016
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Visiting Professor: T.L. Cowan


T.L. Cowan joined WGSS as a Visiting Lecturer for the 2016-2017 academic year. In 2015-2016, T.L. was Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Lecturer in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and Digital Humanities Fellow at Yale. Cowan is visiting from The New School, where she is Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies and Lecturer of Culture & Media at Eugene Lang College. She is also co-facilitator of the Feminist Technology Network. Her work focuses on the cultural and intellectual economies and social lives of trans- feminist and queer community-based performance, especially cabaret, and on the shifting practices of self-expression across digital and analog media. Recent publications include articles in ephemera: theory and politics in organization (2014), Transgender Studies Quarterly (2014), Women's Studies Quarterly (2014), and Ada: Gender, New Media, and Technology (2014), as well as chapters in Queer Dramaturges: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (Palgrave 2015) and MOOCs and Open Education Around the World (Routledge 2015). T.L.’s first book, entitled Poetry’s Bastard: The Illegitimate Genealogies, Cultures and Politics of Text-Based Performance in Canada is under contract with Wilfrid Laurier UP. She is currently completing two additional books: a monograph entitled Sliding Scale: Transfeminist and Queer Cabaret Methods - Mexico City, Montreal, New York City, and a co-authored book, with Jasmine Rault, entitled Checking In: Transfeminist and Queer Labour in Networked Economies.

T.L.’s work with the DHLab will focus on developing a proof-of-concept for The Cabaret Commons: An Online Archive and Anecdotal Encyclopedia for Trans- Feminist and Queer Performers and Audiences. This project entails the development of a hybrid curated and user-generated digital archive of live performance that works towards a responsive and dynamic model of performance archives—one that documents performers and performances and attends to the central role of audiences in sustaining grassroots trans- feminist and queer cultures. The Cabaret Commons project has been generously supported by the Canadian Writing Research Callaboratory (CWRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC). T.L. is also a practicing performance and video artist and co-founder and co-editor of the Helix Critical Project.

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