Women's and Gender Studies and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival continue F2F: Faculty to Faculty Salons on Thursday December 2: Transmasculinity and Feminism

By Patricia Zimmermann, November 20, 2021

Dr. Mat Fournier, Ithaca Collage, and Dr. Abraham Weil, California State University, in conversation exploring transmasculinity and feminism

Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) announce the Fall event of an on-going collaboration, F2F: Faculty to Faculty Salons, on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The seventh F2F salon features a conversation exploring transmasculinity and feminism between Dr. Mat Fournier, Ithaca College and Dr. Abraham Weil, California State University Long Beach.

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Additional support and partnerships supporting this F2F conversation from the World Literatures, Languages, and Cultures Department and Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services at Ithaca College.



Dr. Mat Fournier (he/him) is Assistant Professor of French in the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department at Ithaca College. His research focuses on modernist European literature, with a particular interest in the articulation between trans studies and political theory. His research has been published in Journal of Postcolonial Writing; Simone de Beauvoir Studies; L'Esprit Créateur; Transgender Studies Quarterly, and in edited volumes such as Deleuze on Children and Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment.

Currently, he is working on Dysphoric Assemblage: Writing Gender in the Interwar Years, a book which looks at French modernist literature to explore the emergence of modern gender. The project argues that the gender binary is inherently dysphoric.

Before pursuing an academic career in the US, he worked as a freelance author and journalist in France for National Geographic France (Paris) and Milan Presse (Toulouse). In French, he has published Quand la Nature inspire la science [When Nature Inspires Science], a book probing ethnobiology.


Dr. Abraham Weil (he/him) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach and the general co-editor for TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. His research areas are Black Studies, Trans* Theory, Continental Philosophy, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Affect Studies, Sexuality Studies, and Feminist Theory.

Weil has published work in Social Text (2015), TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (2017), Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities (2018). His scholarly essays have been published in Social Text, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, Bloomsbury Press’ Deleuze Connection series and Routledge University Press.

His current projects include Transmolecular Revolution: Transversality and the Mattering of Political Life which focuses on radical political formations, anti-black racism, trans theorizing, and continental philosophy in the US and France from the 1960s to the present and  On Jargon which probes the language of contemporary black intellectual production. He is also working on two textbooks focused on feminist and transgender theory.


Employing the master class model, these engaging participatory salons feature conversations between early and mid-career WGST-affiliated faculty members about their research and their journeys to becoming scholars with faculty at Ithaca College or in their disciplines nationally and internationally. Each semester will feature salons on different research topics featuring different faculty. 

The purpose of the salons is to showcase our feminist, anti-racist, decolonialist faculty on the Ithaca College campus, with a focus on their scholarship.  We are inviting faculty and students to enter into the discipline of Women's and Gender Studies by listening to the faculty discussing their work and current debates and controversies in their disciplines. We also invite those beyond the institution to join the salons.

The 75-minute salons will employ a master class model of guided conversation and then engagement with questions from attendees. They will wrap up with takeaways from participants both live and in the chat. All participants and attendees are invited to an informal 15-minute after party on Zoom immediately following.

During the pandemic, “F2F” has emerged as an acronym for face-to-face or embodied instruction or meetings.  Our salons will expand “F2F” to unfold other meanings and possibilities, such as Feminist to Feminist, Field to Field, Festival to Festival, Friend to Friend. 

For further information, contact Dr. Patricia Zimmermann, Director, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, patty@ithaca.edu 


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