In this episode of Always Already, John and B explore the meaning (and afterlife) of the deaths of trans women of color at home and abroad through through “Trans Necropolitics: A Transnational Reflection on Violence, Death, and the Trans of Color Afterlife” by C. Riley Snorton and Jim Haritaworn. In tackling the larger conceptual framework of necropolitics and biopower, the duo unpack what an ‘afterlife’ does in its circulation amongst competing homonormative and transnormative discourses. How do trans of color lives and deaths come to stand in not for their particular moments, but a more generalized notion of social violence? In that way, do their narratives service larger, homogenizing and thus obviating forces in neoliberalism, gentrification, and LGBTQI community activism? How can the concept of the archive (as both inclusive and exclusive) come to represent our cultural memory, the fund of our social knowledge?
Of course, My Tumblr Friend from Canada invites us to think about a utopian future where power is distributed, affect theory and mental health, and, critically, what breed of dog we perceive ourselves and each other to be.
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- C. Riley Snorton’s page at Cornell and Twitter; Jin Haritaworn’s page at York
- At Routledge: The Transgender Studies Reader (e.d. Stryker and Whittle), The Transgender Studies Reader 2 (e.d. Stryker and Aizura), and Queer Necropolitics (e.d Haritaworn, Kuntsman, and Poscocco)
- C. Riley Snorton on “The Glass Closet” at Pomona College
- Jin Haritaworn on “Queer Others and Hateful Others“