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GLTBQ+ Pride Month Lecture: S. A. Smythe on "Black Trans Imaginaries"
SA Smythe (they/them) is a poet, translator, and assistant professor of Black European Cultural Studies, Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, and Black Trans Poetics at UCLA. One facet of Smythe’s research is about relational aspects of Black belonging beyond borders. This is represented by their forthcoming edited volume titled Troubling the Grounds: Global Configurations of Blackness, Nativism, and Indigeneity, and their first book project, Where Blackness Meets the Sea: On Crisis, Culture, and the Black Mediterranean. Another facet of Smythe’s work is about Black trans poesis (that is, poetics and the philosophy of creation/creativity related to Black trans theory, reading praxis, and embodiment). Forthcoming in that vein is are two articles in TSQ and Palimpsest, and a full volume of poetry titled proclivity, which centers around Smythe’s a familial history of Black migration (between Britain, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Italy), trans embodiment, and Black emancipation. Smythe is a statewide and national coordinating committee member of the faculty wing of California Cops Off Campus (UCFTP) and organizes with other abolitionist/anti-carceral groups across Turtle Island and Europe around QTIPOC detention, migrants, and refugees.

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Jun 9, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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