Northwestern University

Feb
22
Thu 5:00 PM

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

Description:

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

Abstract:

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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