Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, C. Riley Snorton

Monday, Feb 12, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

650 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

The Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley presents…

AAS Colloquium Series*

“Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity” 

Monday, February 12, 2018
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Albert Johnson Conference Room, 650 Barrows Hall

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 author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low(Minnesota, 2014) and has published in Black Scholar,The International Journal of CommunicationHypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.C. Riley Snorton earned his Ph.D. in Communication and Culture, with graduate certificates in Africana Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He is a recipient of a predoctoral fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois 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).

His talk will be on his recently published book, Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (Minnesota, 2017), which draws on a deep and varied archive of materials to identify the multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. In it, Snorton shows how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable.

*This talk is co-sponsored with the Center for Race and Gender.


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