I am a cultural and critical theorist of trans* and queer media/literature, primarily interested in the aesthetic forms transgender and queer people have created and the sensorial effects of those forms on our popular lifeworlds.
My work theorizes the lived relation between trans* and queer cultural production and the popular sensorium, exploring the subjunctive potential of trans* and queer aesthetics for our shared political life: How do we (re)create the world we are taught to expect? How can we unlearn those expectations? What other possibilities might then emerge?
(Stanford Interdisciplinary Working Group in Critical Theory, May 2017)
Below is a sampling of my recent published work. Talks and works under review/forthcoming are listed on my CV and at my academia.edu page.
My book, Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender, has its own page on this site.
My co-edited special issue of Somatechnics 8.1, “Cinematic Bodies” is available here.
Articles, essays, and chapters:
Keegan, C. M. with Moya Bailey, micha cárdenas, Laura Horak, Lokeilani Kaimana, Genevieve Newman, Roxanne Samer, Raffi Sarkissian. “Sense8 Roundtable.” Spectator. Special Issue: “Transgender Media.” Vol. 37.2 (Fall 2017). 74-88.
Keegan, C. M. and Tobias Raun. “Nothing to Hide: Selfies, Sex, and the Visibility Dilemma in Trans Male Online Cultures.” Sex in the Digital Age. Eds. Paul G. Nixon and Isabel K. Dusterhoft. Routledge, 2017.
“History, Disrupted: The Aesthetic Gentrification of Queer and Trans Cinema After the Recession.” Social Alternatives. Special Issue: “The Present State and Future Directions of Genders and Sexualities.” Ed. Jason Laker Vol. 35.3 (Spring 2017). 50-6.
“Household Remedies: New Narratives of Queer Containment in the Television Movie.” Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, and Queer Perspectives. Ed. Angela Pattatucci-Aragon. London: Routledge P, 2013. 107-123.