Sexualities in Africa and the African Diaspora
This project aims to broaden research on the history of sexuality in Africa and African diasporas in the Americas and Europe with critical attention to events that forward new epistemological and methodological models of research. Research on sexuality in Africa and persons of African descent dispersed across time and space has been characterized by four themes: death, danger, degeneracy, and dearth. Contemporary research has focused on AIDS as originating from and spread by persons of African descent, rape and sexual violence, and the immorality of sexual practices. Particularly for the distant past, scholars bemoan the dearth of primary sources and data to document how persons of African descent conceived of and experiences sexuality. This project will host speakers at the cutting edge of research on conceptions and praxes of sexuality across time and space in the African diaspora.