Cáel M. Keegan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA. His research focuses on the analysis of queer and transgender media histories and aesthetics. Over the course of his career, he has published multiple articles on the circulation, reception, and politics of queer and transgender film, television, and photography.
His forthcoming book, Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender (University of Illinois Press) is in production with the University of Illinois Press for publication in Fall 2018. Situated at the intersection of trans* studies and black feminist cinema studies, the project stages the first academic analysis of the sisters as the world’s most influential transgender media producers. Arguing that the Wachowskis’ careers have been co-constitutive with the historical appearance of transgender, the book traces how their cinema invents a trans* aesthetics of the senses that has progressively disrupted conventional schemas of race, gender, space, and time. It is in the Wachowskis’ art, Keegan posits, that transgender cultural production most centrally confronts cinema’s construction of “the real,” and in which we most directly witness white, Western transgender subjectivity’s effects on global visual culture. Thus, the Wachowskis’ work is an inescapable archive for sensing the politics of both race and gender in the present moment.
Keegan teaches courses in transgender, queer, and feminist theories, popular and visual cultures, American studies, and LGBTQ cultures/identities/histories.