Rod Ferguson (Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) presents.
The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora tells the story of how black queer diasporic activists and artists challenged neoliberalism in the nineteen seventies and eighties in North America and the U.K. The talk does so through a series of visits to an imaginary black queer bookshop and the artifacts contained within it. On this particular excursion, an anonymous patron visits the bookshop to see an exhibition of Lorraine Hansberry’s anti-colonial and homoerotic writings. While these artifacts hail from the fifties and sixties, the visitor realizes that they provide a window onto the latter decades and illuminate the unexpected links between anti-colonial and queer insurgencies.