The #TransJusticeSyllabuas was compiled by the Committee for Advancing Trans and Intersex Studies in Academia (Megan Nanney, Jaclyn Tabor, Anne Marie Champagne, Chris Barcelos, Emmanuel David, Xan Nowakowski, Vicky Demos, James Dean, Anima Adjepong, Jacob Sargent, Rhea Hoskin, Kalani Seaver)
The purpose of the #TransJusticeSyllabus is one of open, public education regarding trans and intersex issues in sociology, academia, and society at large. Similar to other social justice syllabi, the #TransJusticeSyllabus is arranged into a 13-week semester (plus one bonus week) of suggested weekly topics framed by a central theme regarding trans justice. Each week includes a list of topical readings and films not limited to sociological perspectives. The syllabus should be understood as an always already impartial list of readings. As such, this syllabus is a live document that is meant to be developed, adapted, shared, and used for educational purposes. We have worked to incorporate texts throughout the syllabus that apply an intersectional framework. Rather than siloing race, class, ability, sexuality, and other identities to a singular week, we felt that it was important to incorporate them throughout the semester reading so that whiteness and other privileged identities are not normalized. Furthermore, as the syllabus is used and grows, we encourage users to think critically about the politics of citations. We have given great thought about who is cited throughout the syllabus — questioning both the quality, methods, and motivations behind academic research regarding trans individuals as well as attempting to amplify the voices of trans academics
In 2016, Sociologists for Trans Justice (S4TJ) was founded by Drs. Eric Anthony Grollman and Laurel Westbrook to organize for justice for trans and non-binary communities through and within sociology. One of the chief aims of Sociologists for Trans Justice is to advance public understanding of trans and non-binary issues – in particular, to enter sociological insights into the national conversation about the status of trans and non-binary communities.
To access the complete syllabus, please click on the online version of the #TransJusticeSyllabus.