In this new series, Georgia Tech faculty will share their research on LGBTQIA topics. These 45-minute presentations are designed to engage the campus community in the exciting and important queer scholarship that our faculty are working on. All presentations will be accessible to audiences of all educational backgrounds and professions.
Our second ever Queer Research Hour speaker will be Dr. Susana Morris, Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Please join us.
Visions of a Queer Black Feminist Future
Tuesday, 12th March
LGBTQIA Resource Center
The speculative arts, that is, science fiction, fantasy, horror, futurist works and the like, have largely been (mis)understood as a genre written only by whites (mostly men) about whites (again, mostly men). However, by the end of the twentieth century Black cultural producers such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Octavia E. Butler, Samuel Delaney, Tananarive Due, Missy Elliot, Nalo Hopkinson, Janelle Monae, Outkast, Sun Ra, and among many others, reflected a tradition of black speculative artistry known as Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is contemporary cultural movement that illustrates how Black cultural producers participate in shaping the future through the melding of art and technology. It is also a site for transgressive expressions of Black queer resistance. Dr. Morris will discuss her take on the visions of a queer Black feminist future seen in the works of Janelle Monae.
Please remember to show up on time to minimize disruption to the talk.
All talks in this series take place in the LGBTQIA Resource Center. There is an ADA-compliant and and gender-inclusive restroom directly across the hall from the Center. Participants will be seated in comfortable chairs with no arms. Presenters may use Powerpoint slides and handouts. Please notify us a week in advance if you require printouts or digital copies of slides so that we can inform the presenter. Center staff will be present to help move furniture to create access.