“A Nightmarish Silhouette” – Dr. C Riley Snorton

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series

Critical Studies in Sexuality
Critical Racial & Anti-Colonial Studies

Dr. C Riley Snorton
Associate Professor, Black Sexuality/Queer Studies, Cornell University

“A Nightmarish Silhouette

October 18, 12-1pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues (Multipurpose Room)
6476 NW Marine Dr, UBC


All events are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

In “A Nightmarish Silhouette,” Snorton situates the ascendance of Christine Jorgensen, dubbed America’s first transsexual celebrity, alongside myriad projects of U.S. imperial conquest and various forms of violent racist suppression at home. Focusing on the media narratives of Lucy Hicks Anderson, Georgia Black, and James McHarris/Annie Lee Grant that emerged in the black press, this talk offers other ways to narrate how black trans figures were mobilized to meditate on intramural black life, not simply as it related to matters of gender and sexuality but as it pertained to shifting notions of human valuation.

Listed as one of “Ten Transgender People You Should Know” by BET, C. Riley Snorton’s research and teaching expertise include cultural theory, queer and transgender theory and history, Africana studies, performance studies, and popular culture. Snorton’s first book, Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), traces the emergence and circulation of the down low in news and popular culture.