Workshop in African Studies - "Beyond Pathology: Deconstructing the Medico-Moral/Political Economy approach to the Study of Venereal Disease and Sexuality in Colonial Africa"
Fri, April 30, 2010 • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • ISESE Gallery / Warfield Center - Jester Center, Room A230
Workshop in African Studies -
Beyond Pathology: Deconstructing the Medico-Moral/Political Economy approach to the Study of Venereal Disease and Sexuality in Colonial Africa.
In this study, I deconstruct the medico-moral and political economy approaches to the study of venereal disease (VD) and sexuality by exploring the pathologization of the African body and its implications on the ways in which scholars examine this aspect of Africa’s past. My position is that scholars need to look beyond these stale approaches because of its inherent limitation in understanding the relationship between public politics on the one hand and sexuality discourses on the other.
Saheed Aderinto is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin where he is completing a dissertation on the history of illicit sexuality in colonial Lagos. He holds a BA in History from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His areas of interest include, gender and sexuality, peace and conflict studies, nationalism and historiography, and African diaspora. In addition to journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and book reviews, his co-authored book titled, Nigeria, Nationalism, and Writing History is forthcoming from University of Rochester Press.
Friday, April 30, 2010
3pm, ISESE Gallery/ Warfield Center (Jester Center A232A)
Saheed Aderinto, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History - University of Texas at Austin