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Are The Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality? | Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University →

latinosexuality:

On October 23-24, 2014, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University will convene “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?  Religion and the Burdens of Black Sexual Politics.”  The meetings for our two-day event will be held in New York City, on the campus of Columbia University, October 23-34, 2014.  An evening plenary on Thursday, October 23rd will be hosted at First Corinthians Baptist Church in Harlem.

We are living through a moment of tremendous change at the intersection of race, religion, and sexuality, which has significant implications both for those who study and practice religion alike.  “Are the Gods Afraid of Black Sexuality?” will bring scholars, activists and religious leaders together to explore a range of historical and contemporary phenomena associated with religion, race and sexuality, as they coalesce and converge.  The task before us is not to address a single problem, but rather to unearth and engage with the often-unstated normative claims — surrounding race and religion, gender and sex — that continue to inform the work of scholars of (and the lives of people within) the US and the African Diaspora. 

Topics to be addressed over the course of the two days will include: Religion, Media, Markets and the Making of Black Sexualities; Religious Narratives of Black Sexuality in the New World; The Religious Aesthetics/Cultural Politics of Black Sexuality; a Keynote Conversation on organizing for social change in the academy, through religious institutions, and in grassroots movements; Captive Bodies: The Sexual Politics of Policing Blackness; and Beyond the Burdens: Engendering the Sexual Futures of Black Religion.  In addition to these more traditional panel-format presentations, we will also be holding a Public Conversation on The Sexual Politics of Black Sacred Music and a mini Film Festival.  Please click HERE for the full conference schedule. 

In the spirit of IRAAS’s founder, the late Dr. Manning Marable, and his belief in the democratic value of ideas shared among as broad a range and with as many people as possible, this conference, like all the IRAAS conferences before it, offers no-cost registration to the public.

Conference Contact: General inquiries; Media inquiries & Media permissions: 
arethegodsafraid @ gmail.com 

IRAAS Contact: iraas @ columbia.edu

- See more at: http://iraas.com/node/365#sthash.kvKChSd2.dpuf

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WHEN YOU WRITE A SECRET NOVEL WHILE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE FINISHING YOUR DISSERTATION: →

wheninacademia:

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We’re all writing secret novels, right? One of my favorite colleagues actually finished his, and it’s a charming comedic mystery featuring a smartly dressed grad student heroine named Emma Clarke.

And it’s up on Amazon here: The Great Banana Peel Mogul (how can you resist that title?)…

Hehehe…. 

patientpoems:

Claudia Rankine is always on time with hers. I am entirely indebted to her for being so generous with her time to discuss and give suggestions for revisions to Patient. Read this timely poem from her forthcoming book, CITIZEN, here.

patientpoems:

Claudia Rankine is always on time with hers. I am entirely indebted to her for being so generous with her time to discuss and give suggestions for revisions to Patient. Read this timely poem from her forthcoming book, CITIZEN, here.

dynastylnoire:

rebelbaes:

darvinasafo:

Let’s see how many of y’all ready to show some SOLIDARITY…

This needs to be printed out in Grayscale and spread all over, trains, buses, cafes, grocery stores, theaters, college campuses, etc, etc

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dynastylnoire:

rebelbaes:

darvinasafo:

Let’s see how many of y’all ready to show some SOLIDARITY…

This needs to be printed out in Grayscale and spread all over, trains, buses, cafes, grocery stores, theaters, college campuses, etc, etc

booooooooooooooooooost

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ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

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