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Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center

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Queer (Trans)Formations

Monday, October 29, 2018

Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center


Co-organized by GIESORC, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. C. Riley Snorton

Thinking Race, Rethinking Sex: Toward a New Trans History

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Dr. C. Riley Snorton

C. Riley Snorton is Professor of English Language and Literature and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Chicago. Snorton is a cultural theorist who analyzes representations of race and gender throughout history. 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 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction. The book has also been recognized by the Organization of American Historians and the Institute for Humanities Research.

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 Saturation: Racial Matter, Institutional Limits and the Excesses of Representation (New Museum / MIT, forthcoming) and The Flesh of the Matter: A Hortense Spillers Reader (forthcoming). 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.