from left to right, portraits of Jian Chen, madison moore, Dora Santana

New Directions in Trans of Color Scholarship

a roundtable with Jian Neo Chen, madison moore, & Dora Santana, moderated by Hentyle Yapp

Jian Neo Chen, Women’s,Gender, & Sexuality Studies and English, Ohio State University

madison moore, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dora Santana, Gender Studies, John Jay College, CUNY

Hentyle Yapp, Art & Public Policy, New York University

Trans of color scholars, activists, and artists are radically transforming the terrain of gender and sexuality studies today. This roundtable showcases new work in trans of color scholarship, activism, and cultural production; it features authors speaking about their recently published books and works-in-progress that chart exciting new directions in the field, from theorizing trans futures, to Afro diasporic technologies, to queer fabulousness.


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

Please contact CSGS at or 212-992-9540 for more information.

Facebook event page here.


Organized by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; co-sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Department of Art and Public Policy, & Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.

Jian Neo Chen (they/ he) is associate professor of queer studies in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Their research, teaching, and cultural work focus on transgender and queer aesthetics and embodied practices in literature, visual culture, and contemporary theory and their reimagining of social relations and movements. Their first book Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement with Duke University Press’s ANIMA series and their Transgender Studies Quarterly special issue on “Trans Futures,” co-edited with micha cárdenas, were published in November 2019.

madison moore, Ph.D. (American Studies, Yale), is an artist-scholar, DJ and assistant professor of Queer Studies in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He is creative director and resident DJ at OPULENCE, a queer techno party and art-collective based in London. madison is the author of Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), a cultural analysis of fabulousness. With vigor, grace and humor, in Fabulous madison describes the ways marginalized people stride through their annihilation, turning pain and struggle into opulence. He has been a featured artist at the Yale School of Drama, the Perth Festival, The School of Life Melbourne, American Realness, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and most recently he was in conversation with Billy Porter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. madison is currently at work on a new book project for Yale University Press about queer nightlife titled Dance Mania: A Manifesto for Queer Nightlife.

Dr. Dora Santana is a black Brazilian trans woman warrior, scholar, activist, artist, storyteller of experiences embodied in language and flesh. She is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at John Jay College-CUNY and holds a Ph.D. in African and African Diaspora Studies by the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been published in the Transgender Studies Quarterly (TSQ ) in “The Issue of Blackness” under the title Transitionings and Returnings: Experiments with the Poetics of Transatlantic Water, and the TSQ issue “Trans Studies en Las Americas,” whose title is Mais Viva! Reassembling transness, blackness, and feminism. She is currently working on her book Trans* Stellar Knot-works: Afro Diasporic Technologies, Transtopias and Accessible Futures, where she centers the knowledge production by and on black trans women in the black diaspora, through a range of digital and embodied media, especially in Brazil, the US and in African countries such as Angola.

Hentyle Yapp is an assistant professor at NYU in Art & Public Policy. He is affiliated faculty with Performance Studies, Comparative Literature, the Disability Council, and Asian/Pacific/American Institute. His book, Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and Mediation on the Global Art Market, is forthcoming in early 2021 with Duke University Press. His articles have appeared in GLQ, American Quarterly, Journal of Visual Culture, Women &Performance, and Verge: Studies in Global Asias.