Renatta Fordyce

Ph.D. Student in Africana Studies


Renatta Fordyce’s research focuses on the ideological permanence of British colonial legacies in the shaping of juridical and social concepts of gender and sexuality in former colonies; particularly the ways those concepts create and buttress a queer borderland. Through an interdisciplinary approach to subject formation and citizenship, she scrutinizes the surveillance and criminalization of queer bodies and same sex-sexual activities in Guyana by analyzing judicial opinion as a literary genre. She works at the intersection of literature, law, queer theory, postcolonial theory, borderland theory, biopolitical philosophy, inter-Caribbean collective agency, and social change. Renatta is the author of “The Anti-Man Aesthetic: The State of LGBTQ Political and Social Issues in Guyana Post Marriage Equality in the United States,” published in The Unfinished Queer Agenda: After Marriage Equality.