Thursday, February 27, 2014 • 12:30 PM • ISESE Gallery, JES A230
The Black Queer Diaspora Faculty Focus Group invites you to a public lecture by Dr. Jafari S. Allen
In lieu of an abstract, Dr. Allen sends us these lines:
“The vital thing is to re-establish a personal, fresh, compelling, magical contact with things. The revolution will be social and poetic or will not be.”
--Aime Cesaire, from “Calling the Magician: A Few Words for a Caribbean Civilization”
“…if we win
there is no telling.
we seek beyond history
for a new and more possible meeting.”
--Audre Lorde, from "Age, Race. Sex: Women Redefining Difference"
Jafari S Allen is Associate Professor of African American Studies, and Anthropology.
Jointly appointed in Anthropology and African American Studies, and a faculty member of Yale’s Programs in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, LGBT Studies, Ethnicity Race, and Migration, and American studies; he teaches courses on the Black diaspora; cultural politics of race, sexuality and gender; Black feminist and queers of color theory; ethnographic methodology and writing. Dr. Allen is the recipient of numerous fellowships, from the Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation, and Ford Foundation, for example.
Professor Allen is the author of the critical ethnography of race, gender, sexuality and revolution, ¡Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba; editor of Black/Queer/Diaspora-- a special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies; and numerous scholarly and popular articles, book chapters, and blog posts. He is currently working on a new book project-- Black Queer Here and There- which traces cultural and political circuits of transnational Black queer desire, in travel, tourism, art, and activism, in and between the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Africa, and North America. Allen’s third project is a comparative study of the 1980s in Britain, Commonwealth Caribbean, and the US—tentatively entitled Structural Adjustments.
He is an alumnus of Morehouse College and New York University, and earned his Ph.D. in Social/Cultural Anthropology at Columbia University, before beginning his career as a postdoctoral fellow, and Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Austin’s Department of Anthropology, and Center for African and African American Studies (now Dept. of African and African Diaspora Studies).
sponsored by the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, with support from the Department of Anthropology