Whose Beloved Community?: Black Civil and LGBT Rights Movements
Host: Emory University
Dates: March 27 – 29, 2014
Location: Atlanta, GA
The role of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in both race-based and sexuality-based civil rights movements is frequently rendered invisible as a result of prevailing national narratives that present (presumed white) LGBT communities and (presumed straight) Black communities as opposing forces. In recent years, however, an increasing number of scholars and activists have produced work seeking to make visible the vital points of intersection and contention among the U.S. Civil Rights movement, the LGBT equality movement, and Black LGBT communities. This work is shaped by questions related to identity formation, intersectionality, tokenism, marriage equality, the role of religion and “respectability” in African American communities, the emergence of the South as a center of Black LGBT life in the U.S., HIV/AIDS and its continuing effect on African American communities, the proliferation of a prison-industrial complex unprepared for its LGBT population, and the appropriation of the civil rights movement by the right. This conference seeks to make visible and critically engage the points of convergence and divergence between these two historic, overlapping, yet distinct social movements that continue to transform civil society, law, and the academy.
Michel Foucault 2014: Beyond Sexuality
Host: Hofstra Univeristy
Dates: March 27 – 28, 2014
Location: Hempstead, NY
One of the foremost and most widely read French philosophers of the 20th century,1 Michel Foucault is known especially for his (in)famous History of Sexuality. The three volumes of this monumental and somewhat contested magnum opus were published in 1984. Also in 1984, Foucault died of complications related to AIDS. In June of this year [i.e., 2014, the year of the proposed conference], the 30th anniversary of his death but especially the 30th anniversary of his most influential publication offers us a significant opportunity to revisit Foucault’s work, his influence, his legacy, and the future, if any, of Foucauldian studies.