UK Workshop in Trans Philosophy

The first UK Workshop in Trans Philosophy will take place over two days on 5th and 6th May 2022. Whilst nominally based at the University of Glasgow, the workshop will take place online. You can find the programme below, along with accessibility information.

We are generously supported by the Scots Philosophical Association and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Matthew J. Cull, University of Leeds,
  • Ruth Pearce, University of Glasgow.


  • Katharine Jenkins, University of Glasgow,
  • Alexis Davin, University of Bristol.

Trans philosophy – philosophy that speaks to the experiences of, politics, and cultural production of transgender people – is one of the fastest-growing fields in contemporary philosophy. In addition to hallmark papers such as Kapusta (2016), Bettcher (2013, 2019), and Dembroff & Wodak (2018), last year saw the publication of the ground-breaking volume of trans political theory and philosophy Transgender Marxism (Gleeson and O’Rourke 2020). Beyond the realm of published work, a new generation of PhD and early career trans philosophers is beginning to produce exciting new thought.

This rapid growth has come against a difficult political background, especially in the UK. Transgender people have become the political football du jour in the UK, facing what Meg John Barker (2017) has called a “moral panic” that has only intensified in the past three years. Moreover, trans people face ongoing legal and political challenges to their rights, to say nothing of spiking rates of hate crimes and the high rates of poverty and homelessness among trans people. 

In this workshop we seek to bring together new and established scholars to develop the trans philosophy community in the United Kingdom, break new philosophical ground, and help set the agenda for transgender philosophy going forward.


UK timeThursday 5 May
9:30 – 9.45Welcome and IntroductionOrganisers
9.45 – 10.25Transphobia as Aesthetic MisrecognitionAnna Hartigan
10.30 – 11.10Histories of Transgender Thought: Edward Carpenter, the Double Mind, and AmbidexterityFelix Antelme
11.10 – 11.30Break
11.30 – 12.10Ideological Scientism and Transphobic Social MovementsRory Kent
12.15 – 12.55What is Trans Reproduction?Alexis Davin
12.55 – 13.35Lunch
13.35 – 14.15An Attitude Chosen in Situation: Beauvoirian Lesbianism and Authentic TransnessElizabete Mežinska
14.20 – 15.00Gender EuphoriaHarry Ainscough & Riley Lewicki
15.00 – 15:20Break
15:20 – 16:30Keynote: Let’s (not!) fight a TERF war: Trans feminism in a time of moral panicRuth Pearce
Friday 6 May
9.45 – 10.25Transgender Nominalism: Classifying Sex and the Problem of the Base KindAlexander Giesen
10.30 – 11.10Towards a New Concept of SexLara Schadde
11.10 – 11.30Break
11.30 – 12.10Are Deadnames Empty?Anna Klieber and Emma Bolton
12.15 – 12.55Tackling Hermeneutical Injustices in Transition-Related HealthcareNicholas Clanchy
12.55 – 13.35Lunch
13.35 – 14.15Trans-Inclusive Feminism & the Very Idea of Exclusionary ConceptsNikki Ernst
14.20 – 15.00Caring for Gender TransitionJules Wong
15.00 – 15:20Break
15:20 – 16:30Keynote: Un Oeuf, but Enough: Trans EpistemologyMatthew Cull

Registration and accessibility

Registration for the workshop is now closed. This conference will be held on Zoom. All registered attendees have been sent an email with details about attending the workshop.

We aim to make the workshop as accessible as a possible. We will be providing real-time captioning for talks during the workshop, and will work to address any other access needs you may have. Please let us know what requirements you have using the form, or contact us at if you’d like to discuss these further. Grants are available to help enable those with caring responsibilities to attend, please email if this applies to you.

Notice of postponement

The UK Workshop in Trans Philosophy was postponed from its original dates of 24th and 25th of March. This is due to strike action taking place at the University of Glasgow on the dates we initially planned. We do not wish to put anyone in a position of having to cross a picket line, even a digital one.

Perhaps more importantly, the strike action is (in part) over precarity and workplace conditions: something that trans philosophers have a huge stake in improving, and it would hardly be in line with the aims of the conference (one of which was to help to build the trans philosophy community in the UK) were we to undermine strike action aimed at improving working conditions for academics. If you’d like to know more about these strikes, please visit the UCU website here: