English Literature

Transgender: Intersectional/International Conference

Transgender: Intersectional/International is a conference that aims to explore the diversity of transgender experience throughout the world.

Co-organised by researchers of transgender identity and experience in Scottish universities - including Gina Maya Roberts from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) - the conference will go beyond mainstream representations to look at the kinds of structural inequalities often ignored, including in relation to socio-economic opportunities, race and ethnicity, dis/ability and neurodiversity, and nationality.

Scholars, artists, professionals, and activists from Uganda to Brazil, India to South Africa, will gather to share stories and research, and reveal what it is to be transgender in our twenty-first century world. Our speakers include actor and star of the play Adam, Adam Kashmiry, world-leading authority on trans rights, Stephen Whittle OBE, the renowned expert on refugees B Camminga, as well as Human Rights specialist and signatory of the Yogyakarta Principles, Mauro Cabral Grinspan.

Transgender: Intersectional/International is generously funded by the University of Edinburgh’s Information Services, the Institute of Academic Development (IAD), the University’s alumni-funded Student Experience Grant, and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, and College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, together with genderED and the Staff Pride Network. Beyond the University of Edinburgh, the conference is also being funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, and the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences.


The two-day conference will take the form of eight panel sessions on themes such as The Arts, Media, and Digital Humanities, Health & Wellbeing + Social Policy, and Trans-Global Discussions.

There will be a film screening and discussion of Call Her Ganda by Curran Nault on the first night, and the conference will end with a keynote presentation by Renata Carvalho on being a transgender artist in Brazil under the Presidency of Jair Bolsonaro.

Music and poetry will be provided by Holly Schlott and Nat Raha respectively.

Find out more and book your place for a conference with a difference on the Transgender: Intersectional/International website 


Transgender: Intersectional/International Conference

A two-day multidisciplinary conference on the transgender and non-binary experience in social policy, health and wellbeing, law, the arts, digital humanities, and media.

Old Medical School
Teviot Place