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Catherine Vanner

In this article, I join a conversation about the definition and value of the term transnational girlhood. After surveying the fields of transnationalism, transnational feminism, and girlhood studies, I reflect on the representation of girls who act or are discussed as transnational figures. I critique the use of the term, analyze movements that connect girls across borders, and close by identifying four features of transnational girlhood: cross-border connections based on girls’ localized lived experiences; intersectional analysis that prioritizes the voices of girls from the Global South who, traditionally, have had fewer opportunities to speak than their Global North counterparts; recognition of girls’ agency and the structural constraints, including global structures such as colonialism, international development, and transnational capitalism, in which they operate; and a global agenda for change.

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Anastasia Todd

the production of the contemporary nation-state. Puar contends that exceptionalism marks both a “distinction from (to be unlike, dissimilar)” and “excellence (imminence, superiority),” thus US exceptionalism functions through a shoring up of narratives

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Overlapping Time and Place

Early Modern England’s Girlhood Discourse and Indigenous Girlhood in the Dominion of Canada (1684-1860)

Haidee Smith Lefebvre

production were controlled by Europeans, and Natives produced goods for their market value. It also evokes the inextricable link between Hudson’s Bay Company territories and the Dominion’s emergence as a colonial nation-state. Fur trade symbolizes the grand

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Anastasia Todd

call a post-Americans-with-Disabilities-Act (ADA) disability exceptionalism, which ultimately functions to neutralize disability politics. Paradoxically, since Poynter is incorporated into the nation-state as a paradigmatic able disabled subject, (dis

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Sami Schalk

ablenationalist because of how acceptance of disabled people is used to symbolize so-called good behaviors of the ideal American girl citizen who stands in for the US nation-state in these representations. While many scholars have discussed the role of age, gender

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Negotiating Identities

Being “Boy,” Being “Filipino,” Being “Other”

Victoria Cann

U.S. and Japanese colonial, imperialist, capitalist, and misogynistic discourses” (2008: 403), which has resulted in the inscription of the Philippines as a “weak nation-state” whose workers are largely exploited ( Fajardo 2008: 403 ). If we consider