1st Edition

Tranimacies Intimate Links Between Animal and Trans* Studies

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    Tranimacies is a neologism that pushes and pulls together transness and animality so as to better germinate unruly, wily, perverse relationships between them, and their spawn. Through tranimacies the book aims at rethinking the linking of liberation struggles amongst former colonized peoples and lands, minoritized genders and sexualities, racially marked persons and non-human animals, and does so in a variety of geopolitical and temporal sites. This rich compendium includes original scholarship and dialogues as well as poetry, comix, bioart, and performance documentation.

    The composite term of tranimacies enmeshes several everyday and scholarly concepts: transgender, animal, animacy, intimacies. This edited volume’s bundle of theoretical and artistic works insists on the beating heart of embodied experiences and political pulses at the core of these concepts. The authors show that tranimacies are spread throughout what Mel Y. Chen describes as the "animacy hierarchies" that delimit zones of possibility and agency, confounding the vertical order with transversal movements. As an intervention into the burgeoning debates within and across trans, animal, critical race, and posthuman studies this publication seeks to destabilize the logic of "turns" in critical theory, and through sticky intimacies uncover how animality, race, and gender underscore the humanist production of meanings. By taking a decolonial approach (in the main, but not exclusively) the authors hope to shift debates in animal studies towards accounting for and delinking from colonial mentalities. Three poems interweave our selection of chapters, which together forge three lines of inquiry defined by a certain ethos: transhistories of the present, lessons from the bestiary, and #animatingephemera.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.

    Introduction: Thinking Linking

    Eliza Steinbock, Marianna Szczygielska, and Anthony Clair Wagner

    Section I: Transhistories of the Present

    1. Subclinical Routine #11, or "the True Story of a Miraculous Transformation"

    Trish Salah

    2. Impossibility of That

    Eva Hayward and Che Gossett

    3. Transcending the Human/Non-Human Divide. The Geo-politics and Body-politics of Being and Perception, and Decolonial Art

    Madina Tlostanova

    4. Precedence, Trans* and the Decolonial

    Daniel B. Coleman and Rolando Vázquez

    5. Implanting Plasticity into Sex and Trans/Gender. Animal and Child Metaphors in the History of Endocrinology

    Jules Gill-Peterson

    6. Hyenas and Hormones. Transpecies Encounters and the Traffic in Humanimals

    Marianna Szczygielska

    Section II: Lessons from the Bestiary

    7. Ripple, Angel Quake

    Trish Salah

    8. Ego Hippo. The Subject as Metaphor

    Florentin Félix Morin

    9. Menagerie À Tranimals

    Lindsay Kelley

    10. Blurred

    Marta Ostajewska

    11. Monkey Business. Trans*, Animacy, and the Boundaries of Kind

    Dylan McCarthy Blackston

    12. Feral Biopolitics. Animal Bodies and/as Border Technologies

    Hyaesin Yoon

    13. Queer Affordances. The Human as Trans*Ecology

    Tarsh Bates

    Section III: #AnimatingEphemera

    14. Croesus, at Least in Name

    Trish Salah

    15. Catties and T-Selfies. On the "I" and the "We" in Trans-Animal Cute Aesthetics

    Eliza Steinbock

    16. Biohacking Gender. Cyborgs, Coloniality, and the Pharmacopornographic Era

    Hil Malatino

    17. Trans*versal Animacies and the Mattering of Black Trans* Political Life

    Abraham Weil

    18. Trans Animisms

    Abram J. Lewis

    19. Interchanges

    Myra Hird and Harlan Weaver


    Eliza Steinbock, Assistant Professor Cultural Analysis, Leiden University, Netherlands. Author of Shimmering Images: Trans Cinema, Embodiment, and the Aesthetics of Change (Duke, 2019), co-editor of Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience (Routledge, 2020), project-leader of "The Critical Visitor" consortium, developing intersectional approaches for inclusive heritage (2020-2025).

    Marianna Szczygielska, Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Germany. Author of scholarly publications on the history of zoos, human-animal relations and queer studies, and feminist activism, co-editor of "Plantarium: Human-Vegetal Ecologies" special issue for Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience, (2019).

    Anthony Clair Wagner, Senior Lecturer Design, Linnaeus University, Sweden. Author of several articles on trans, monstrosity and art, for example "Visible Monstrosity as Empowerment," in Transgender Studies Quarterly 2.2. Workshop leader of the Monster Workshop and artist.