Transitional States: From Silence of the Lambs to Orange is the New Black

Transitional States:Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science is an international video art exhibition and programme of public events. It forms part of a wider research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and led by Dr Chiara Beccalossi (School of History and Heritage).


From Silence of the Lambs to Orange is the New Black: Changing Representations of Trans People

In 1991, the public was terrorised by the image of a supposedly trans-identifying serial killer in Silence of the Lambs. Their subsequent demise at the hands of the movie’s heroine saw the defeat of a much reviled character who was at odds with the experiences and representations of the trans community. For many years, the media, films and culture at large were characterised by a lack of positive representations of trans women and trans men. Yet as the 2010s began, trans people entered the mainstream media in a more positive light, especially with the launch of television series such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent and Boy Meets Girl.

  • Thursday 8th February
  • Jackson Lecture Theatre (Minerva Building)
  • 6 - 8pm

This public discussion focuses on the representations of trans and gender diverse people in media, films and culture and will look at what has changed – and what has not – when it comes to their representation within mainstream media.

Moderator:

  • Dr Chris O’Rourke (University of Lincoln)

Speakers:

  • Fox (artist, film maker and trans activist)
  • Paris Lees (writer and broadcaster)
  • Owl (artist and non-binary trans activist)
  • Rebecca Root (actress)

     

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