Posted on February 13, 2017, BY Matthew Beltz

Artist, writer, poet and performer Rosamond King will speak at Bucknell University on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre inside the Elaine Langone Center. The talk is free and open to the public and is part of the Griot Institute's The Black Body (Re)Considered spring lecture series.

King's talk is titled "The Black Body: Caribbean. Queer: Beyond Stereotypes." The Caribbean, and often specifically Jamaica, is regularly referred to as "the most homophobic place on earth." Through an examination of recent Caribbean legal cases and studies of homophobia in the region, as well as Caribbean sexual minorities' activism and creative work, King will deconstruct the stereotypes of the region, revealing a place that is neither paradise nor hell for LGBTQI people.

An associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, King is a scholar of African and Caribbean sexuality, literature and performance. She is the author of Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination, which won multiple awards.

This lecture is also co-sponsored by the English department.

The Black Body (Re)Considered series is intended to engage the campus community and beyond in an extended conversation about the black body from multiple disciplinary perspectives. It is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, historical context and agency, particularly as they concern representations and realities of the black body as impacted by racism, as well as aesthetic, economic, sociological and psychological inequalities. This conversation is particularly critical in light of the crises of the present moment, which are linked to and inextricable derive from the realities of the past.


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