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Oct 13: TRANS CAPABLE: Fungibility, Fugitivity, & the Fleshly Matter of Being


trans capableTrans Capable: Fungibility, Fugitivity, & the Fleshly Matter of Being

a lecture by C. Riley Snorton

October 13, Thursday
6 to 7:30 pm

C. Riley Snorton, Africana Studies, Cornell University

Flesh provides one route into the proverbial question of how matter matters, and Hortense Spillers’ notion of “female flesh ungendered” guides Snorton’s analysis of sex and gender as racial arrangements, wherein the fungibility of chattel persons produced a critical context for conceptualizing transness and generated understandings of sex and gender as subject to revision in the arenas of medicine and law. In this talk, Snorton traces how fungible flesh became a mode for fugitive action, as seen in the recurrence of “cross dressing” and cross gender performance in fugitive slave narratives, including in Ellen and William Craft’s Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom and Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

This event is free & open to the public. For more information, please contact CSGS at csgs(at)nyu.edu or 212-992-9540.

Facebook event page here.

Co-sponsored by NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.



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*** SPRING 2018 EVENTS ***

CSGS spring 2018 calendar

Third Annual José E. Muñoz Memorial Lecture by JUDITH BUTLER

judith butler

a lecture on Susceptibility\Solidarity

February 12, Monday
6:30 to 8 pm

tickets required

Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place
NYC

The Next American Revolution: Publishing Protest with American Studies Now

next american revolution

a series launch with Lisa Duggan, Roderick Ferguson, Jack Halberstam, & LaMonda Horton-Stallings

February 15, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

CSGS
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
NYC

The Extractive Zone: The Social Ecologies of Cecilia Vicuña

extracive zone

a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris

February 22, Thursday
6 to 8 pm

CSGS
285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
NYC