The Gender and Women's Studies annual fall lecture speaker will be Roderick A. Ferguson. His talk is titled "Socialism in Black Queer Time: The 1970s and the Erotic Potentials of Radical Politics."
This talk engages the history of black queer diaspora formations in the 1970s as part of radical attempts to reimagine and eroticize socialist imaginations. His talk situates these formations within a social and political context in which various modes of difference were being mobilized to illustrate and expand the symbolic flexibility and the "writerly" potentials of socialism.
Ferguson is a professor of race and critical theory in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the co-editor of the University of Minnesota press series "Difference Incorporated." He is also co-editor with Grace Hong of "Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization." Ferguson is author of "Aberrations in Black: Toward a queer Color of Critique" and "The Reorder of Things: The University Pedagogies of Minority Difference."