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The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet Book Talk with Dr. Avery Dame-Griff, A Hybrid Book Talk, followed by Q and A

Thursday, November 2, 2023 18:00to20:00
Peel 3487 3487 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W7, CA
Dr. Avery Dame-Griff

The Two Revolutions: A History of the Transgender Internet Book Talk with Dr. Avery Dame-Griff

HYBRID Book Talk, followed by Q and A

This is a hybrid event. The physical venue is up 2 flights of stairs at 3487 Peel Street. You can also watch online (and ask questions during q and a online). Please sign up via Eventbrite.

The Two Revolutions explores how the rise of the internet shaped transgender identity and activism from the 1980s to the present. Dame-Griff traces the digital networks of transgender activists, cross-dressing computer hobbyists, and others interested in gender nonconformity who incited the second revolution of the title: the ascendance of “transgender” as an umbrella identity in the mid-1990s. Through a history of how trans people online exploited different digital infrastructures in the early days of the internet to build community, Dame-Griff explores a crucial part of trans history—illuminating how we arrived at our contemporary moment and what lessons this history can offer in a moment of moral panic.

Avery Dame-Griff is a Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies at Gonzaga University. He founded and serves as primary curator of the Queer Digital History Project (, an independent community history project cataloging and archiving pre-2010 LGBTQ spaces online. In 2022, he was selected to be a Public Humanities Fellow for Humanities Washington, developing a series of interactive online exhibits, teaching guides, and workshops about the history of LBGTQ+ communities in online spaces.

This event is part of the 5th Season of the Feminist and Accessible Publishing and Communications Technologies Speaker and Workshop Series, organized by Dr. Alex Ketchum.

This event is co-hosted by the Digital Intimacy, Gender and Sexuality (DIGS) Lab of Concordia University (headed by Dr. Stefanie Duguay).

Our series was made possible thanks to our sponsors: SSHRC, the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF), the DIGS Lab, Milieux, Initiative for Indigenous Futures, MILA, Dean of Arts Grant, ReQEF, and more (see our website!)

There is no fee required to attend this event. We will provide professional captions in english.

You can watch other past events here.

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