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Gender Studies Now: There's a disco ball between us: a theory of Black gay life

Feb 28

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

East Duke Parlors

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Black and white photo silo of a man's upper body unclothed amongst white sparks


Jafari Allen

This Gender Studies Now Series event brings Jafari Sinclaire Allen, currently Inaugural Co-Director of the University of Miami Center for Global Black Studies, and Director of Africana Studies, at the University of Miami. His second monograph, There's a disco ball between us: a theory of Black gay life, was released by Duke University Press this year. His scholarship and teaching has opened new lines of inquiry and offered re‐invigorated methods of Black feminist narrative theorizing in anthropology, Black studies, and queer studies. At work on two monographs: Marooned in Miami: Ecologies of Black Life on an Edge; and Structural Adjustments: Global Black Survival in the 1980s; Professor Allen is the author of ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba; editor of Black/Queer/Diaspora; and a number of other publications. Engaged in ethnographic research in Cuba and the Caribbean for more than twenty years, recent research has also taken him to East Africa, Brazil and Western Europe.


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