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Rosamond King: Considering Early Caribbean "Queerness"

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Where: 620 Library Place, Room 106, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Tyrone St William Palmer  

Group: Program of African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Sponsored by the African Gender and Expressive Arts working group

Considering Early Caribbean "Queerness:" Constructions of Gender, Sexuality, and Family in 19th C. Trinidad

Rosamond King, English, Brooklyn College


This talk explores nonheteronormative gender, sexuality, and family construction among poor, urban blacks in nineteenth century Trinidad. A focus on “double-cross” race and class transvestism in carnival explores the elasticity and boundaries of gender in that time and place. And a focus on Afro-Trinidadian family structures – which usually were not marital, nuclear families – reveals a history of nonheteronormative communal care that sometimes resisted colonial power even as its creators sought economic advancement.

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