ANT 391 • Black Lesbian & Gay Studies
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Following the work of activist-intellectuals Barbara Smith, Joseph Beam, Cheryl Clarke, Audre Lorde and Essex Hemphill, which defined early Black Lesbian and Gay Movement in terms that problematize concepts of home and house--- insisting on processes of visibility, voice and black feminist inter-articulation of class, gender, race and sexuality; this course asks after the conditions and possibilities for full inclusion of Black transgender; lesbian; bisexual; gay; queer; same gender loving [TBLGQ/SGL] individuals, issues and communities within larger black publics, and within national publics in the US and elsewhere. How can/do black TBLGQ/SGL people constitute effective [black] counter-publics? How does the states steady shift to neo-liberal apparatus and neoconservative rhetorics affect [or even effect] the constitution of Black publics and counter-publics?