This week marks the return visit of our Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Susan Stryker.
Her second “What Transpires Now” talk for this Wednesday will begin at 4pm in Gilman 400, presenting on “Frances Thompson: Disability, Sex-Work, and Sectional Conflict.”
In the presidential election year of 2016, transgender issues revolving around public accommodations–particularly sex-segregated toilets–were a high-profile part of the political debate about which minority bodies could legitimately claim to belong to the body politic. The story of Frances Thompson–a black, trans, disabled, sex-worker in Memphis in the 1860s and 70s–helps demonstrate how this recent controversy restages today the same problems in political economy that culminated in civil war a century and a half earlier.and finally
In addition to this talk and Q&A discussion, the Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance (DSAGA) is also hosting Prof. Stryker on Tues. from 4-5pm in the OMA lounge, to chat with students and guests about “the importance of studying LGBTQ+ history and its effect on the future.”
Given the wonderful first talk, we advise attendees to be prompt as there is limited space in Gilman 400.
Please let either WGS liaison (Julia Scherzer or myself) know if you would like to make a disability accommodation request.