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The Global State of Monogamy

Nov 10

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Nov. Grad. Scholars Colloquium

Presenter

Evelyn Rosengren-Hovee

RSVP to ca.harlock@duke.edu by Nov. 5th for advance reading material and Zoom link. Speaker: Evelyn Rosengren-Hovee, UNC Global Studies Respondent: Jacqueline Allain, Duke History Do monogamy and non-monogamy operate as markers of national identity? Drawing on consensual non-monogamy and polygamy case studies in the United States, Rosengren-Hovee argues monogamy has been a hidden but powerful marker of national identity within the United States as distinct from polygyny practiced in the Global South. Such a distinction translates as continued self-promotion and presumed superiority of whiteness and wealth. This talk explores global implications of family formation and anti-polygyny statements set in global forums such as the United Nations.