Jordan Windholz presented his paper, “Anatomy, Synecdoche, and the Elaboration of the Cisgender Body under Early Modern Patriarchy, or The Bofa Problem in Helkiah Crooke’s Mikrokosmographia (1615)” at the Early Modern Trans Studies II Conference held at Bryn Mawr College, Nov. 3-5. Drawing on transfeminist theory and histories of the body, his paper examined 16th century anatomical discourses to demonstrate how the biopolitical regimes of patriarchy took shape (and continue to take shape) through an insistent and insidious transphobia that invests gendered meanings into some parts of the body over others. His paper sought to historicize the ways patriarchy takes shape through the intertwining of misogyny, natalism, and transphobia so that we might not only combat its oppressive structures, but also continually labor to promote and protect those it targets.

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