Politik und Gesellschaft
America’s Black Queer History
Head-to-Head: A Meeting of Inspired Minds
MO 13.12.21, 19:30 – 21:00 Uhr
Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Büchsenstr. 33, 70174 Stuttgart
In the 1880s, a formerly enslaved Black American became the earliest-known self-described »drag queen« and the earliest-known queer activist in the United States. His name was William Dorsey Swann, and he inspired a rebellious group of butlers, coachmen, and cooks — most of them also formerly enslaved people — to risk their newly attained freedom, their livelihoods, and their reputations to create a secret world of crossdressing balls in Washington, DC — the center of American power, prestige, and influence. Swann’s organization is the only known LGBTQ+ resistance group formed until German physician Magnus Hirschfeld’s Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, founded in 1897 in Berlin. In this talk, Channing Joseph draws on previously unexplored archival sources to examine Swann’s far-reaching influence on US history and culture.
Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.
KOOPERATION: American Academy Berlin, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum Stuttgart, Evang. Bildungszentrum Hospitalhof Stuttgart.
Generously supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, and Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH.
REFERENT: Channing Joseph, Author and Lecturer of Journalism, University of Southern California; in discussion with Gero Bauer, Managing Director, Center for Gender and Diversity Research, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
INFO / ANMELDUNG: https://www.americanacademy.de
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