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Kadji AminAssociate Professor - WGSS

Kadji Amin is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. He is the recipient of a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in “Sex” from the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum (2015-16) and a Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship from Stony Brook University (2015). Amin’s research focuses on the disorienting effects of the queer and transgender past on politicized fields of scholarship. His book, Disturbing AttachmentsGenet, Modern Pederasty, and Queer History (Duke 2017) won an Honorable Mention for best book in LGBT studies form the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association. Disturbing Attachments deidealizes Jean Genet’s coalitional politics with the Black Panthers and the Palestinians by foregrounding their animation by unsavory and outdated modes of attachment, including pederasty, racial fetishism, nostalgia for prison, and fantasies of queer terrorism. He is currently at work on a second book project, tentatively titled “Trans Inheritances.” “Trans Inheritances” offers the first wide-ranging examination of how the notion of an autonomous gender identity has been central to the development of trans discourses in academia, activism, law, and medicine in the West. The book contends that the ideal of trans autonomy is enabled by a liberal context that prizes the fictions of sovereign individualism and freedom from social determination. Across a series of five chapters, “Trans Inheritances” tethers trans to a range of scientific, racial, and geopolitical histories that decenter selfhood and problematize autonomy. Amin has published articles in journals including TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, Social Text, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. He is the coeditor, with Amber Jamilla Musser and Roy Pérez, of a special issue of ASAP/Journal on “Queer Form.” He serves on the Editorial Board for TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly and Gender and Women’s Studies and is the Humanities Review Editor for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Research

Queer and Sexuality Studies | Trans Studies | The History of Sexuality and Race | Feminist Science Studies | Post- and Decolonial Methods | Historicist Literary Studies