Pleasure and the Pleasurable in Africa and the African Diaspora

When

Friday April 14th, 2017, 4:00pm

Presenter(s)

Keynote: Teju Cole

Where

Discovery Building
330 North Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715

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This conference will be a lively interrogation of an uncommon theme in the scholarly study of Africa and the African diaspora: pleasure. The uncommonness is not surprising, given the constituent elements of the modern history of the African world in the last five centuries: slavery, colonialism, and the continuing challenges of postemancipation, civil rights and post-independence. Responding to this large historical canvas, the fields of African and African diaspora studies have, in large part, been dedicated to matters of the serious, the grave, the self-sacrificing, the resistant, and, indeed, the tragic; together, these represent the dominant composite accent of scholarly African and African diaspora studies. We propose an expansion of focus and the breath of fresh air that brings.

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