Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium: C. Riley Snorton

"DeVine's Cut"

In this lecture, C. Riley Snorton interrogates the absent presence of Phillip DeVine in both the public memory of the Humboldt killings and in the national narration of Brandon Teena as a transgender martyr. Making use of biomythography and following Sylvia Wynter’s work, Snorton ponders what aspects of DeVine’s figuration constitute a usable history for more livable black and trans lives.

C. Riley Snorton is associate professor of Africana studies and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Cornell University and visiting associate professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is a recipient of a predoctoral fellowship at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard University (2009), a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Pomona College (2010), and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2015). Snorton’s research and teaching expertise include cultural theory, queer and transgender theory and history, Africana studies, performance studies, and popular culture. He has published articles in Black Scholar, International Journal of Communication, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, and Culture and Society. Snorton’s first book, Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), traces the emergence and circulation of the down low in news and popular culture. He is currently working on his second book, tentatively titled Black on Both Sides: Race and the Remaking of Trans History, which explores the transitivities of blackness and transness across the long twentieth century. He has also been listed as one of the “Ten Transgender People You Should Know” by BET.

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00pm

Psychology, 105
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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