Conference: Rethinking the Afropolitan

Thursday, October 19, 2017
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM (ET)
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib
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Danielle Kane
McFarland Ctr. for Religion, Ethics and Culture

This conference, being held Oct. 19-21, "Rethinking the Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display," aims to examine the intersections of  gender, race, and visual culture, in the Atlantic, spanning Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe from the 16th century to the present.

The recent proliferation of images, articles, and even a Guinness commercial about Congolese men known as sapeurs (the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) raises new ethical questions about how we read race, gender, and identity in images and texts. Sapeurs appear to be the epitome of  the "black dandy." However, these extravagantly dressed men also engage in friendly fashion competitions and do so against bleak West Central African urban landscapes.

Sessions are open to the public and free to attend. View the schedule.

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