Trans and Other Gender-Non-Conforming Bodies in Horror Cinema: Online Event 5/27/21

This lecture will debunk harmful myths about trans people while exploring the ubiquity of trans narratives and imagery within horror cinema.

About this Event

Date – Thu. May. 27, 2021
Time – 7:30 pm PDT – 8:45 pm PDT


Gender non-conformity has long been a marker in cinema for murderous villainy and psychosis or has been presented as reason enough for anyone thus marked to be dispatched from their narrative universes with excessive (and often casually misogynistic) force. For transgender and gender-diverse people, everyday life can be the stuff of horror, felt especially by trans people of color. Much of screen media production, has only served, through stereotyping and ignorance, to perpetuate the real traumas and horrors experienced routinely by trans people. This lecture will debunk no small number of harmful myths about transgender people, propagated by the screen media-industrial complex and in the horror movies historically produced within it. With instructor Cerise Howard, we’ll explore the ubiquity of trans narratives and imagery within horror cinema – even if they’ve most often been deployed at a metaphorical remove from being transgender narratives and imagery.

About the Instructor

Cerise Howard is a New Zealand-born co-curator of the Melbourne Cinémathèque who co-founded the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia and was its Artistic Director from 2013-2018. A regular commentator on intersections of film, gender, sexuality and other matters, her recent writing on film can be found in Senses of Cinema, on the byNWR website, in the 2017 KVIFF Festival Daily, in a new monograph on Peter Strickland and in a forthcoming one on Bride of Frankenstein. She is a Studio Leader at RMIT University, specializing in incubating film festivals and contesting the canon. Away from film she plays bass for Queen Kong and The HOMOsapiens, a Melbourne-based punk, performance art, queer rock band.

Please note these are live events – they cannot be watched later, so please be sure you are available at the time and time zone the classes are being offered in before registering. All sales are final, and we will not give refunds to people who miss classes because of the time zones, and changes in time from standard to daylight savings. Classes curated by Miskatonic Los Angeles are in Pacific Time. If you are ever unsure, a quick way to check is the Miskatonic website.

About the Miskatonic Institute

Founded by Film writer/programmer Kier-La Janisse in 2010, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies offers classes in horror history, theory and production, with branches in London, New York and Los Angeles, as well as hosting special events worldwide.

You can purchase ticket(s) to this event on Eventbrite and it’s a low cost of only US $10.

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