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Black Diaspora Conversations: Gender Sexuality and Queer Thought: A Symposium

Black Diaspora Conversations: Gender Sexuality and Queer Thought: A Symposium
OISE, 12th Floor North, 252 Bloor Street West
Time: May 10th, 9:00 am End: May 10th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), South Asian, Sociology (FAS), Sexual Diversity, Indigenous, Humanities, Human Geography (UTSC), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Ethics, Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in (OISE/UT), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Caribbean, Canada, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), African, 2000-, 1950-2000
One-day symposium with Scholars from Northwestern University and Indiana University

The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Justice Education, the Centre for the Study of United States (CSUS); The Centre for Integrative Anti-racism (CIARS), The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (CDTS), and The Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies (SDS) present:

Scholars from Northwestern University and Indiana University.

Black Diaspora Conversations: Gender Sexuality and Queer Thought

This is a one-day symposium brings together scholars working at the interstices of gender, sexuality and queer theory in black diaspora studies. Black Diaspora Conversations foregrounds new positions in the debates on gender, sexuality and queer thought from multiple sites of blackness. These new positions attempt to reinvigorate the promise of queer theory, politics and positionalities through a rigorous engagement with black life, politics and culture. Four OISE University of Toronto doctoral students will be presenting work in progress from their dissertation projects, which sit at the interstices of gender, queer, black, diaspora and sexuality studies. As well two scholars working at the most exciting sites of queer thought will provide keynotes.

Dr. Lamonda Horton-Stallings (Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University)

L. H. Stallings is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington.  Her first book, Mutha is Half a Word!: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture (2007), critically engages folklore and vernacular theory, black cultural studies, and queer theory to examine the representation of sexual desire in fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy, neo-soul, and hip-hop created by black women. She is also co-editor and contributing author to Word Hustle: Critical Essays and Reflections on the Works of Donald Goines (2011), which offers a critical analysis of street literature and its most prolific author. Currently, she is completing the monograph Funk the Erotic:  Funk, Freaks, and Sex Work in Black Literature and Culture.


C. Riley Snorton (School of Communication, Northwestern University)

Snorton’s research and teaching focuses on black cultural production, queer theory and transgender studies. He has published in Hypatia, Souls, the International Journal of Communication as well as numerous edited volumes including, Transgender Migrations, Homofiles, and Passing/ Out. Snorton’s first book, Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low traces the emergence and circulation of the “down low” in news and popular cultures and will be available in 2014 on University of Minnesota Press. His current project, provisionally titled Black on Both Sides: Race and the Remaking of Trans History draws on an eclectic archive that includes Afro-modernist literature, documentary film, and journalistic accounts of black transsexuality to foreground the transitivities between blackness and transness.


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