Exploring Black Queer History
February 22, 2021
12:00 – 1:00p
Join us for a special conversations with historians, professors and authors Darius Bost (Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence) and C. Riley Snorton (Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low) as we explore the hidden history of America’s Black queer history.
From slavery to modern day, Black Queerfolk have an incredible history in America, one that is often overlooked and gone untold. Join us as we take a deep dive into that history, explore why it is vital that this history be remembered and taught, and how this history has shaped who we are as a community at large.
This panel is presented in partnership with Black Lives Matter New Haven.
Conversation will feature perspectives from authors Darius Bost and C. Riley Snorton. The conversation will be moderated by Black Lives Matter New Haven Founder and Youth Program Officer Ala Ochumare.
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About Our Speakers
Darius (he/him) is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah, and co-editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. His research focuses in the areas of black cultural studies; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; and medical humanities.
Bost is the author of the award-winning book, Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2018). Related research has been published in Criticism, Journal of American History, Journal of West Indian Literature, Occasion, Palimpsest, Souls, The Black Scholar, and several edited collections. His research has been supported by the Eccles Centre at the British Library; Woodrow Wilson Foundation; Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University; President’s Office and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University; Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars Program at the New York Public Library; and Provost’s Office at the University of Pennsylvania.
As a Hutchins Fellow, Bost will be at work on Diasporic Perversions: Black Queer Visual Cultures and the Politics of History, an interdisciplinary study of queer photographic practices across the Anglophone black diaspora from the 1970s to the present.
C. Riley Snorton
C. Riley Snorton (he/him or they/them), Professor of English Language and Literature, is jointly appointed in the department and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies. Snorton is a cultural theorist who focuses on racial, sexual and transgender histories and cultural productions. He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), winner of the John Boswell Prize from the American Historical Association, the William Sanders Scarborough Prize from the Modern Language Association, the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction, the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, and an honorable mention from the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award Committee. Snorton is also the co-editor of Saturation: Race, Art and the Circulation of Value (MIT Press/New Museum, 2020).
Snorton’s next monograph, tentatively titled Mud: Ecologies of Racial Meaning, examines the constitutive presence of swamps to racial practices and formations in the Americas. Currently, he is coediting The Flesh of the Matter: A Hortense Spillers Reader (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies (Duke University Press). He has also coedited several special issues of journals, including “Blackness” for Transgender Studies Quarterly (2017), “The Queerness of Hip Hop / the Hip Hop of Queerness” for Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International (2013), and “Media Reform” for the International Journal of Communication.
Snorton has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Pomona College, and two fellowships at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication with graduate certificates in Africana studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies.