Spade, from the Seattle University School of Law, will be presenting selections from his recent book, Normal Life:
Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law. In Normal
Life, Dean uses Critical Race Theory, women of color feminism, and other
intellectual traditions to analyze the role of law reform in contemporary queer
and trans politics. He examines the poverty, violence, criminalization and
immigration enforcement facing trans populations, and questions the utility of
anti-discrimination law and hate crimes laws for addressing these harms.
He proposes that a critical trans politics is emerging that rejects law
reform as a goal and engages tactically with legal work as it attempts to
dismantle apparatuses of racialized-gendered violence like prisons and borders
and build alternative structures that meaningfully address contemporary
conditions of poverty and violence.