My research and writing explore how visual texts might generate or sustain possibilities for queer and transgender becoming in the social world. I am primarily interested in how—despite being presented with a culture that largely denies our diverse experiences—queer and trans people continue to find and create ways of imagining otherwise. My work, which theorizes the lived relationship between LGBTQIA people and popular visual culture, is a sustained attempt to understand the politics of queer/trans aesthetics and narrativity over the past century. I am deeply interested in how visual texts are created and circulated within culture and how they might offer new ways of feeling or living for queer and trans subjects.
As an interdisciplinarian, my scholarship is situated at the intersection of multiple fields— transgender studies, queer studies, cultural studies, film and television studies, critical race theory, affect studies, and phenomenology. As an academician trained in critical American Studies, I maintain a strong interest in how narrativity and aesthetics deliver both overt and covert forms of political information. The stories we tell as a culture, and how we choose to tell them, reveal a great deal about our political imagination. My work is committed to investigating the subjunctive potential of our popular narratives and the manner in which they aestheticize our shared political life: How do we create the world we are taught to expect? How can we unlearn those expectations? What other possibilities might then emerge?
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 upcoming book, Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender, has its own page on this site:
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.