“Matters of the Flesh” with Dr. C. Riley Snorton
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Matters of the Flesh
The Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies cordially invites you to a talk by
Date: May 16, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Humanities Gateway 1010 (map)
This talk traces how flesh figures one route into the proverbial question of how matter matters. Juxtaposing the archives of J. Marion Sims, lionized as the father of American gynecology, with the cross-gender maneuvers of fugitive actors in 19th century slave narratives, Dr. Snorton frames how transness became conceivable, as a kind of being in the world in which gender though biologized was not fixed but fungible, which is to say, revisable within blackness, as a condition of possibility. Flesh then becomes a crucial analytic for understanding “gender” as a racial arrangement related to shifting, complex and even contradictory understandings of ontology, ethnology and sovereignty in sexology and antebellum U.S. law.
This event is free and open to the public.