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2-12-2021 2:00 PM

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In the Social Theory first guest lecture, Dr. Hoad discusses Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde's memoir, Black, Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma (2008). The memoir offers a series of powerful mediations on embodiment in terms of conceptual binaries that it deploys, refutes and sometimes reworks. Nkabinde elaborates an intricate relationship between embodiment and subjectivity that must hold both the living and the dead, old histories and new geographies, male and female, homo and heteronormativities, urban and rural experience, continuity and rupture in a political order, alienation and belonging, and the competing feelings of being simultaneously possessed and free. By analyzing this memoir, Dr. Road's talk troubles contemporary representations of the intersections of indigenous sexualities and genders, customary law, and democratic sovereignty.

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Feb 12th, 2:00 PM

Translated Bodies: Gender Variance, Sexual Desire, and Legal Liberalism

In the Social Theory first guest lecture, Dr. Hoad discusses Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde's memoir, Black, Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma (2008). The memoir offers a series of powerful mediations on embodiment in terms of conceptual binaries that it deploys, refutes and sometimes reworks. Nkabinde elaborates an intricate relationship between embodiment and subjectivity that must hold both the living and the dead, old histories and new geographies, male and female, homo and heteronormativities, urban and rural experience, continuity and rupture in a political order, alienation and belonging, and the competing feelings of being simultaneously possessed and free. By analyzing this memoir, Dr. Road's talk troubles contemporary representations of the intersections of indigenous sexualities and genders, customary law, and democratic sovereignty.