“The Contents of Rotimi’s Trunk: A Chapter in The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora” – Dr. Roderick Ferguson

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Lecture Series

Dr. Roderick Ferguson
“The Contents of Rotimi’s Trunk: A Chapter in The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora

March 15, 12-1pm
Room 310, Neville Scarfe Building
2125 Main Mall, UBC


This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

Abstract: This talk engages the themes of the panel by analyzing the trunk that belonged to the British Nigerian queer artist Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989). Fani-Kayode’s photographs are well known for how they overlay Yoruba and Christian iconographies with homoerotic depictions of black men. This talk will explore the contents of that trunk, including the little known paintings that Fani-Kayode did early in his career, as an archive of black migration and the workings of sexuality, race, empire, and diaspora.

This event is co-sponsored by Teacher Education for All! and the Critical Racial & Anti-Colonial Studies Research Network.

roderickfergusonRoderick A. Ferguson is the author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (2004) and The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference, and co-editor of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (2011).